Dental implants are fabricated to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants offer the ability to have replacement teeth that are fixed in your mouth. One can have multiple implants or just one implant depending on the number of missing 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 remain intact.
The actual implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. This process is called osseo- integration where the implant is beneath the surface of the gums undergoing this bond with the bone. In essence, the implant serves as the root of your tooth. After this initial placement of the implant, there is a healing process that takes place between 3-6 months.
Phase 2 begins after this healing process takes place. The implant is then uncovered and a small healing collar is placed. Dr. Bhoot will then begin restoring the implant with a crown. The actual placement of the implant is normally done by an oral surgeon or periodontist. Dr. Bhoot takes an impression of the implant by which posts or attachments can be connected and then finally a crown is fabricated. A crown sits over the attachment (abutment) which interconnects with the implant.
The entire implant procedure typically takes between 6-8 months for completion. During this process most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Implants are commonly done on a day to day basis and the success rate is excellent (95%). Our team works very closely to help you with any questions you may have. The dental/radiographic exam as well a thorough exam of your health history allows us to determine whether one is a candidate for dental implants.