Before & After
Dental implants can completely change the lifestyle of someone suffering from a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth; they look and behave just like regular teeth. If you or a loved one has missing teeth, you know what an inconvenience it can it be, with dental implants you can return to eating your favorite foods such as corn, steak, and apples. The aesthetic impact of dental implants can also renew a person’s confidence and bring their smile back to life.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth that consists of several elements. A tiny titanium post is placed into the jawbone where teeth are absent. These metal anchors are surgically fitted into the jawbone and act as tooth root replacement. The bone will then is bond with the titanium, yielding a rigid foundation for the synthetic teeth. An abutment is then affixed to the titanium post so that a crown or artificial tooth can be attached. Dental implants also help maintain facial structure and prevent the shifting of teeth and bone weakening that occurs when teeth are missing.
Surgical Procedure for Dental Implants
Generally, placing dental implants involves a two step two surgical process. During the first step the dental implants are secured within your jawbone. The implant posts will be beneath the surface of your gums for three to six months following your surgery, during this time they will steadily bond with your jawbone creating an artificial root. Most patients are able to wear temporary dentures during this time, while your new replacement teeth are being fabricated.
Once the dental implant post has attached itself to the jawbone, the second step of treatment will start. Dr. Nasser will attach a small abutment to the implant post which will function as an anchor for the dental crown or bridge. These abutments provide Dr. Nasser with an area which to place the artificial tooth, the posts will not be seen and your tooth will look completely natural. Typically, the entire process takes between six to eight months to complete and patients experience little to no disruption in their daily lives.