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Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most significant advancement in dentistry in the last century.  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 jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.  Adjacent natural teeth are left untouched increasing their lifespan.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel dental implants are the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive dental and radiographic examination. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Rye. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Procedure

Dental implants are titanium anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small abutment posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable attachment anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For many patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first two to six months following implant placement, the implants may be beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating (fusing) with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary prosthesis and eat a soft diet during this initial phase of treatment.

After the implant has integrated to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implants will be uncovered and a healing abutment will be placed that protrudes through the tissue.  Dr. Rye can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be made. Then custom abutment posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are subsequently made to fit over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.