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 and that facial contours can be preserved. The implants are titanium posts placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The implant integrates to the bone creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
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, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive dental/radiographic examination. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Hernandez-Ramírez, Dr. Lasanta-García or Dr. Gates by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or Periodontist 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
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear provisional (temporary) dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the definitive (final) bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has integrated to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Hernandez-Ramírez, Lasanta-García or Gates can then start making your definitive (final) teeth. An impression must be made. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.