Dental Implants

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. 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. 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

Dental implant care is divided into two phases- a ‘surgical’ phase and a ‘restorative’ phase. Your Dentist will work in concert with Dr. Stevens (surgical phase)to determine if implant care is the appropriate treatment option for you.During the surgical consult, Dr. Stevens will perform a site-specific dental and radiographic examination and review your health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr.Stevens or your General Dentist.Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success. Further information is available through the Academy of Osseointegration

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. A highly advanced x-ray system is used to determine bone quantity, quality, and the ideal placement of the implant.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, Dr. Stevens will place the implant(s)within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary denture to replace missing teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Stevens will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Your dentist can then start making your new tooth/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 procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.