What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a Titanium tooth root form that is placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing teeth. These screw-like posts allow an artificial tooth up to a full set of teeth to be anchored to the jaw, which function like real teeth.
Dental implants help those who have lost teeth, or people who have no teeth and do not want to wear a denture. Removable dentures can cause pressure on the jawbone which causes loss of bone over the years. Patients who have worn dentures over many years often see their dentures getting loose and harder to keep in. Since implants are secured into the jaw , they actually stimulate the bone while eating thus preventing bone loss. As little as 4 implants per lower or upper jaw can help support a denture or bridge that doesn’t move and don’t wobble. Many people have described their dental implants as ‘life-changing’.
How implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of the jawbone, and the location of the sinuses in the upper jaw. All implant surgeries require several procedures and take anywhere from four to eight months to complete the process. This is because each stage requires time to heal , depending on the need for bone grafting or sinus lifts to allow for implants in the upper back jaws.
The process of getting an implant can be broken down into three steps:
- Small titanium metal anchors are placed into the jawbone to act as “roots” for the new teeth.
- Small titanium posts ( abutments ) are attached to the implants in the jaws.
- A single tooth, a few teeth or a full set of teeth can be attached to these posts. Upper or Lower dentures can be secured to these posts as well.
In some cases, when a patient has little to no jaw bone left, the patient can have a bone graft completed to allow for the placement of implants. Dental implants are an investment in your oral and overall health that will pay dividends for a lifetime. Implant fees in our practice are reasonable and affordable.
Dr. Briglia and Dr Nikas perform many implant procedures to improve patients lives. Dr John Nikas is a Board Certified Periodontist and has placed thousands of successful dental implants. To see some photos of our work, click here.