Dental implants are anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, function, and closely feel like natural teeth. The person who has lost a tooth regains the ability to smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. 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 bone by 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.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you schedule an appointment for a consultation. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Drs. Christopher Padilla or Stephanie Padilla. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. For the first three to six months following the placement, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. .
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implants will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached. After a few weeks, the healing collar is removed and a small connector is then attached to the implant, which creates a foundation for the new crown. A new crown is then placed on top of the connector completing a beautiful smile. The entire procedure can take anywhere from four to twelve months depending on the quality of bone present and individual patient healing. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.