Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement of 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. 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.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. Advantages of dental implants include high success rate, ease of cleaning, improved chewing capabilities, natural appearance, improved oral health, and relief from dentures.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If 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 either Dr. Caudillo 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
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. At this initial appointment, local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where we place the dental implant, your gum tissue is reflected slightly, and the dental implant is placed using a surgical guide for precise placement. The implant is then covered by your gum tissue and allowed to heal for three to six months following surgery. During this healing time, implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. A temporary tooth or denture may or may not be required for healing. Most patients report that the implant placement surgery is no more uncomfortable than an extraction.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The dentist will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Caudillo can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. 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.