Dental Implants

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 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 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 undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by one of the doctors. 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 act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Once the implant has integrated with your bone an abutment is then attached to the implant. The abutment is custom fabricated for you and it is the part which protrudes through the gums. The abutment provides a stable base for the crown or other restoration.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. If you wear dentures you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The doctor will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Lenz, Sullivan or Kim can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then abutments or attachments can be designed and connected to the implants. The restorations are then made to fit over the abutments or attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.