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 will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
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, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Lingam or by 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
The dental implant is a man-made root that replaces the natural root of your tooth.The implant is made of titanium, a metal that has the bio-capability to fuse with bone through a process called osseointegration. This permanent and solid attachment allows for natural feel and function.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. If necessary, the site of the missing tooth may be augmented by a bone graft or a hopeless tooth removed and allowed to heal for four to six months. For many patients, this is an important first phase to ensure that there is an ideal area for implant placement. Second, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are left to heal undisturbed so they can bond to the bone. Most of our patients are surprised how comfortable they are during and after surgery. Depending on your situation, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a softer diet during this time. Once the site has healed and the implant has integrated, Dr. Lingam takes impressions and designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.