Dental Implants Louisville KY
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 Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth and smile with confidence again?
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Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Bewley. 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
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. They may be used to replace a single missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or an entire dental arch of missing teeth. The success rate of standard size dental implants exceeds 99% in most cases, and may be expected to last as long as twenty years. Many people find them to be a permanent solution. Failures can and do happen, but they are rare and may be managed in our office.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or 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. If indicated for dentures, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. For a single crown or an implant bridge this is generally not necessary. 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. We will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. This healing collar can sometimes be placed at the initial surgery if the clinical presentation allows it, potentially sparing you a second visit.
Dr. Bewley can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken, which is usually digital in our office, but may require traditional impression methods from time to time. 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.
Why do standard implants take longer to heal than small diameter or mini implants? The answer is based in biology, and is pretty complex, but essentially you’re talking about the available surface area for your body to attach to. Greater available surface area means that it takes longer for your bone cells to integrate with the implant. The result, however, is greater volume of bone attached to the implant, which means that the long term result is more predictable and durable than a smaller implant with less surface area available for your body to use. Advancements in implant design and implant surface treatments allow us to restore your implants in as few as 3 weeks after placement in select cases.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth, call Cornerstone Dental Phone Number (502) 244-4474 today!