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 jaw bone where teeth are missing. The titanium integrates into the bone, 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.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. Dr. Foss surgically places the implant into the jaw bone. It typically takes at least 3 months for the implant to successfully integrate into the jaw bone. Once Dr. Foss has determined that the implant has properly healed, then we can begin making your new teeth. Posts called abutments are attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. An impression must be taken. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes somewhere between four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.