Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. For most patients, implants are usually the best choice in replacing missing teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Crowns, bridges, or even dentures can be attached to implants. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Tucker or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or Periodontist referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. First, if teeth are to be removed, extracting the tooth or teeth may be required separate from placement of the implant(s). Sometimes implants can be placed within your jawbone at the time of extraction. If the implant can’t be placed at the time of extraction, a second visit will be required to surgically place the implant(s). For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are left alone, beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. If needed or desired a temporary tooth replacement can be fabricated. On occasion, implants may have a crown immediately attached to it. After the implant has integrated to the bone Dr. Tucker can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire process can take up to six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.