Dental implants can change the way people live. They are made to serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that feel, look, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth will regain the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural. People with dental implants can once again smile with confidence.
What are dental implants?
Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone in the spot where teeth are missing. The implants act as metal anchors and substitute for the roots of teeth. The jawbone bonds with the titanium post, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
How it's done
The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures for most patients. First, the implants are placed in the jawbone. It then takes three to six months after the surgery for the implants to bond gradually with the jawbone. The patient should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat soft foods during this time. During this time, a lab is creating artificial replacement teeth.
The second phase occurs after the implant has sufficiently bonded to the jawbone. Dr. Cozzi will attach the permanent replacement teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption to their daily lives.