patients choose implants to replace a single tooth,
several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.
Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed
in the jaw where they function as an anchor for the
replacement teeth. Most patients find that an
implant is secure and stable, however, implants are not
an option for everyone. Due to the involvement of
surgery, patients should be in good overall health.
They must have adequate bone support for the implant, or
have surgery to build up bone in the area. Chronic
illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may slow
healing after surgery. Tobacco use can also slow
healing. We can help you decide whether implant
treatment is a good option for you.
many different kinds of implants. Treatment can
take only one day, or it can take several months, or
somewhere in between. We can outline a treatment
plan that is most likely to be successful for you.
three general phases of implant treatment:
Placement of the implant: We surgically
place the implant into the jawbone. There may
be some swelling and/or tenderness after the
surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed
to ease the discomfort. We may recommend a
diet of soft foods during the healing process.
healing process: What makes an implant so
strong is that the bone actually grows around it and
holds it in place. This process takes time.
Some patients might need to wait until the implant
is completely healed, up to several months, before
replacement teeth can be attach to the implant.
Other patients can have the implants and replacement
teeth placed all in one visit.
Replacing your missing tooth or teeth (prosthesis):
We will custom make a crown, bridge or dentures to
fit your mouth and your implants. Once
completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the
prosthesis usually takes some time to make. In the
meantime, we may give you a temporary crown, bridge or
denture. This can help you eat and speak normally
until the permanent replacement is ready.