Dental implants are changing the way people live. Whether replacing just one tooth or many teeth people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, smile, laugh and enjoy life. Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone forms a bond with the titanium to create a strong foundation and anchor for artificial teeth. Other benefits of implants include preserving facial contours and structure and preventing bone deterioration in the jaws.
If you think dental implants would benefit you, the first step is to have a thorough examination of your mouth and review your medical history. Dr. Green utilizes the most advanced technology, a conebeam CT scanner, to assist in implant planning and preparation.
For most patients, the entire procedure usually takes three to six months. First, implants are placed in your jawbone where they will remain without a crown or restoration for three months so that the bone can bond to the titanium. You should be able to wear a temporary retainer or dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has healed within the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Green will uncover the implants and begin making your new teeth. An impression is taken and then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. Crowns or dentures are then made over the posts or attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.