Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
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 that helps to prevent bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
The first step is to schedule a consultation visit. During the first appointment, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Drs. Sigler and Keller.
Dental Implant Procedure
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 surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Sigler and Keller can then start making your new teeth by taking impressions to build your replacement teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.