Dental implants are the ultimate in cosmetic dentistry options. These “replacement” teeth look and function just like real teeth. Implants will last for decades, so they are a good choice for replacing missing teeth.
The cosmetic dental work involved with getting implants is a two-step process. The first step is to have Dr. Cook insert the titanium screw into the jaw bone. This will serve as the tooth’s “root.” After the oral surgery, the area needs to heal for four to six months. During this time, the titanium fuses to the jawbone, anchoring it in a manner similar to a real tooth root.
The second step is to insert the porcelain tooth and adhere it to the titanium screw. The replacement tooth is made in a dental lab, and the dentist fits it into your mouth so it looks like it’s always been part of your smile.
Dental implants are a natural-looking way to replace teeth that are missing or damaged and a great tool for improving smiles.
Cook Family Dentistry offers dental implants provided by Biohorizons. Dr. Cook is excited to be able to offer these quality dental implants for patients.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implant is uncovered and a component called a “healing abutment” is placed. This 2nd phase surgery is usually very easy. The soft tissue covering the implant is removed with either a laser or a special rotary instrument that precisely removes any soft tissue or bone covering the implant body. The healing abutment is placed and guides the healing and emergence form of the gum tissue so a natural looking restoration can be placed. The healing abutment remains in place for two weeks. Dr. Cook can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
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 bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
With as few as 4-6 implants, an entire arch bridge of teeth can be supported to replace removable dentures.
Just 2 implants are needed to take an ill-fitting denture to completely secure. Implants are changing the poor outlook of dentures dramatically.