What are 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. Dental implants are small ‘posts’ that are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing bone loss 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.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry may be the choice for you, the first step is a dental/radiographic examination and consultation. During these initial visits, Dr. Watts will talk with you about the results you want and evaluate your specific needs and considerations. Dental implant placement is sometimes a team effort between a dental specialist and a restorative dentist and Dr. Watts will recommend what will be in your interest for the best outcome. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work closely to help make your procedure a success.
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How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of teeth and may be made of titanium or zirconium. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone and allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or to anchor and stabilize a loose denture.
You will often be able to have temporary replacements for missing teeth during the healing phase so that you can eat, speak and go about your normal activities.
After the dental implant has been integrated, we will take records to make the replacement teeth that will attach to them. The time frame for this will depend on the design of the replacement teeth. The entire procedure may take anywhere from two to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.