What are dental implants?
Dental implants are state-of-the-art in replacement of missing teeth. They can be thought of as artificial "roots" to hold replacement teeth in the jaw. The "root" sits in the jawbone below the gum line and the visible tooth, or "crown," is attached to it. Implants support individual artificial teeth, bridges and dentures, and look and feel much like natural teeth.
The first step is surgery to place the implant into the jawbone. You will then wait for the bone to heal firmly around the implant, which takes from six weeks to six months. The metal post that attaches the tooth to the implant may be placed during the same surgery or in a second procedure.
When the gums have healed, your artificial teeth will be made and fitted on the post. This often requires x-ray images, impressions, and bite registration records, so it may take several appointments to get your new teeth fitted properly.
Dental implants fit snugly in the mouth, allowing you to chew normally. They are cosmetically similar to natural teeth, so you can smile without being self-conscious. Implants also prevent decay in the jawbone that accompanies tooth loss. Nothing looks, feels or functions more like a natural tooth than a dental implant.
As with any other surgery, some risks exist for possible complications. Dr. Nathanson and the oral surgeon placing the implants will discuss these with you in detail. However, it should be noted that dental implant surgery is safer now than ever before and has a success rate of 97%.
Will my teeth feel natural?
Yes, dental implants look and feel much like natural teeth. Artificial teeth are constructed to mimic real ones, and implants are fused to your jawbone so they feel snug. Implants are often more comfortable and fit more securely than other replacement options.
This patient's smile was transformed with the use of Dental Implants.
As you can see, the results are quite remarkable!