Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
With dental implants, someone who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and facial contours will be preserved. Implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that 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. Fisch, Dr. Heaton or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 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 that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, protruding through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for crowns (artificial replacement teeth).
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating with the jawbone.
After the healing phase oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Fisch or Dr. Moran can then start restoring your implant. Posts or attachments will be connected to the implants and then an impression or digital scan will be taken. The replacement crowns are then secured to the posts or attachments.
The entire procedure usually takes about six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.