Dental implants give patients who have lost teeth the groundwork for replacement teeth that feel, look and work like real teeth. The can help you get back your confidence when you smile and the ability to consume all types of food. They also help maintain structure of the face and prevent deterioration of bone. Implants are small titanium posts set into the jawbone in gaps where teeth are absent. The titanium bonds with the jaw bone, forming a solid foundation for artificial teeth.
Evaluation for Receiving Dental Implants
If you feel that you’re a suitable candidate for implants, we recommend undergoing a dental/radiograph examination, as well as a health history. Dr. Sandhu will address your specific needs during the consultation visits and suggest a treatment or refer you to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon. We’ll walk with you through each step of the evaluation and answer any questions you may have regarding dental implants.
Procedure for Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of metal anchors which act as substitutes for tooth roots. These metal posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone and protrude through the gums. Implant posts act as anchors for the artificial teeth. Dental implant treatment is typically completed using two treatment phases. First, the implants are inserted into the jawbone. Over a period of three to six months, the implants bond with the bone. Once bonded, the surgeon will attach a healing collar and impressions will be made for replacement teeth. The entire process takes an average of six to eight weeks until completion.