Having a dental implant procedure can change your lifestyle in many ways. They have been designed so that they can provide foundation where replacement of teeth can be done so that they can function just like the natural teeth.
After a dental implant procedure, those who have lost teeth have the chance to regain their ability to eat virtually anything. These teeth appear to be natural and allow you to have your facial contours preserved. Patients who have dental implants are able to smile again with confidence, unlike before their dental implant procedure.
So, What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are tiny posts of titanium, which are placed surgically ‘implanted’ in the jawbone at the point that the teeth have been missing. The metal anchors will act like the substitutes of the tooth root. The bone will bond with titanium, creating a foundation that is strong for these artificial teeth. These implants are helpful in preserving the facial structure and in preventing the deterioration of bone, which occurs where the tooth is missing.
Once the bone has had a chance to grow around the implant, a porcelain tooth can be set onto the implant and it will act exactly like a natural tooth. Porcelain teeth can be precisely colored to match your existing teeth to give you a smile that you can be proud of.
The Surgical Implant Procedure
Placement of the dental implants in most patients involves two surgical procedures.
In the first procedure the implants will be placed in the jawbone. In the initial three to around six months after the surgery has been done, these implants are always under the gum’s surface and they gradually bond with jaw bone. During this time, you will wear the temporary dentures and consume soft meals. As this integration is occurring, Dr. Eltzroth will be in the process of forming the new teeth, which will be used in replacement.
The second procedure starts after bonding has taken place between the implant and jawbone. The implant will be uncovered then attach some small posts which will protrude through your gums hence acting as the anchors to your artificial teeth. The posts are covered then they will be hidden by your artificial teeth which have been placed. This whole procedure takes between six and eight months and most of the patients get to experience very minimal disruptions in their day to day lives.
At Philadelphia Square Dental Care we do dental implant procedures right here in Chico. We offer the most up-to-date technology in dental implantations.