Dental implants are changing the way people smile, eat and live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. People with lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything, confident that their teeth appear natural and function like natural ones. Implants are a team effort between our practice and your restorative dentist. Dr. Shannon and Dr. Hunter perform the actual dental implant surgery, including any extractions or bone grafting, if necessary. Your dentist fits and makes the permanent “crown” to complete the implant process.
What are Dental Implants?
They are tiny titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone, wherever natural teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as substitutes for the root of the tooth. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors for replacement teeth. Implants also preserve your facial structure, preventing bone deterioration and movement of adjacent teeth that occurs when your teeth are missing. We invite you to learn more about dental implants by calling our office at Reading Office Phone Number 978-682-5255 and scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors at Northeast Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.
The Surgical Procedure:
For most patients, the placement of a dental implant involves two surgical procedures. After the implant is placed within your jawbone, it remains beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone until it’s fully healed. This usually takes 3-6 months. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. Our doctors coordinate with your dentist, who is creating a new replacement crown that will fit onto the titanium implant. After the implant has bonded completely, the second phase begins. Our doctors uncover the implant and attach a small post that protrudes through the gums to anchor the replacement tooth. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily lives and are delighted with the functional and aesthetic enhancement provided by their dental implant.
Dental Implants 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.
Immediate Placement of Implants:
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Shannon and Dr. Hunter are able to place “single stage” implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before replacement teeth are placed. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure can be performed on a case-by-case basis. Ask our doctors if it is an appropriate option for you.
Why Select Dental Implants Over Other Types of Restorations?
There are several reasons to choose dental implants:
- They function like your own natural teeth.
- Removing dentures can be inconvenient and uncomfortable.
- Oral hygiene is much easier to maintain with a dental implant rather than a bridge, when several crowns are linked together.
What Type of Anesthesia is Used?
The majority of dental implant and bone graft procedures can be performed in our office under local anesthesia, without general anesthesia. Pain management protocols are tailored individually for each of our patients.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once dental implants are in place, they will function well like natural teeth for many years, if you take proper care of them through good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keep regular appointments with your dental specialist.