Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function most 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 will be preserved. The implants are titanium posts which are placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help reduce bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing for an extended period of time.
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 dental/radiographic examination and health history. During your consultation, specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Nester or Dr. Mathias, and by a Periodontist or an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 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
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. An Abutment is then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These abutments provide stable anchors for the crowns.
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 months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Nester or Dr. Mathias can then start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken and sent to a lab for fabrication of an abutment and crown. The abutment can then be connected to the implant. The replacement crown is then cemented over the abutment. The entire procedure usually takes three to four months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.