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Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which 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 their teeth appear natural and their facial contours will be preserved.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implant Procedure

What are dental implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

The Surgical Procedure

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Sreeni will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. In the last four months Dr. Sreeni has placed many implants immediately following extraction of single rooted teeth with great success. In the most cases Dr.Sreeni places the temporary post at the same time as the implant placement. This obviates the need for a second surgery and decreases the time to final tooth replacement by as much as 2-4 months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily lifestyle.

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