Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a foundation so that your restoration will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Regain the ability to eat virtually anything, smile with confidence, and take comfort that your dental restorations will appear natural. Implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation on which we place your restoration. In addition, implants restore underlying structures that make the face full and youthful, and they prevent bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

If, like many patients, you feel implant dentistry is the right choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history assessment. During these consultation visits, Dr. Meyer or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon suggested by our practice will talk with you to answer questions and explain the procedure. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

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, and these will protrude through the gums to provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

After the implant has integrated to the jawbone, the oral surgeon will refer you back to Dr. Meyer and the second phase begins. Dr. Meyer will then begin making your new restoration (implant crown). An impression must be taken, then the posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then attached to the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.


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