Long-Term Solutions to Missing Teeth
What is it and when is it appropriate?
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 roots which are placed into the area where teeth are missing. The bone grows into the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Single implants can be placed to replace one missing tooth or multiple implants can be placed to support many teeth and even dentures. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
What are the benefits?
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life
What is the procedure?
- Implants require a close working relationship between our dentists and an oral surgeon. We recommend several local surgeons and will actively help you select the best surgeon for your needs.
- The implant is placed by an oral surgeon into the patients jaw. This is done while the patient is sleeping or under local anesthetic and generally is associated with only mild local discomfort lasting a few days.
- For the following 3-6 months the implant is allowed to stabilize, which means beneath the surface of the gums the jawbone will gradually fill around the implant. You should be able to wear a temporary crown or retainer and eat comfortably during this time.
- When the implant is stable, an impression is taken. Dr. Kvinsland or Dr. Skifstad will then design the final crown, bridgework, or denture.
- When the crown or denture is ready, we will place the abutment and cement your final crown.
- The entire procedure takes 6-8 months. Most of our patients have reported that the procedure is much easier than they had anticipated.
Common Concerns and Questions
Are implants right for me?
Each patient is unique. In determining if implants are right for you we will ask for you to undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. Once it is determined if implants are right for you, our dentists and our team of specialists will coordinate the surgery, laboratory work, and restorative work, as well as focus on your questions, concerns, care and comfort.