Dental implants make it possible for people who have lost teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, congenital defects, and other reasons to acquire permanent, natural-looking replacement teeth. Missing teeth can not only make many people self-conscious when smiling or talking, they can also affect chewing and speaking. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants provide a durable, long-lasting replacement for missing teeth. With dental implants, there is less risk of gum irritation and no slipping, as dental implants are custom-designed for each patient and are made to become permanent parts of the mouth.
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 this visit, a digital 3D CT Scan will be taken and your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Coffey or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. 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 jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. If you have an interim partial denture (flipper), you should be able to continue to wear it during this healing time.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. Dr. Coffey will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. He can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken and then, posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. Dr. Coffey will attach a custom-made crown that is color-tinted to blend in with your natural teeth. The entire procedure usually takes three to six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
The result is a tooth or teeth that look and feel like those surrounding them, improving chewing and speaking and enhancing the aesthetic of your smile. Dental implants can give you a perfect fit and provide a more aesthetically pleasing and more comfortable alternative to other treatments for missing teeth.
If you would like to schedule a FREE consultation for dental implants (3D CT Scan not included) with Encinitas Dentist, Edward B. Coffey, DDS MS – Encinitas Dental Art, please call us at (760) 942-7272. Hablamos Español.