Question: What is involved in placing implants?

First, surgery is performed to place the anchor. Surgery can take up to several hours, and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.

After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step is begun. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one to two months to complete.

Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or in a hospital, depending upon a number offactors. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medications and, when necessary, antibiotics are prescribed. Your dentist will give you instructions on diet and oral hygiene.

Question: What are the common benefits of dental implants?

There are many benifits to dental implants. Here are just a few:
  1. Replaces both the tooth root and the tooth crown
  2. Does not affect adjacent teeth
  3. Feels and acts like a NATURAL TOOTH
  4. A dental implant provides you with a solid bite, renewed taste, better chewing ability than dentures resulting in better food digestion

Question: What happens when my dentures slip?

Sometimes you can regain a solid bite and renewed chewing and taste with implants. Implants replace the tooth roots to provide a solid foundation for a removable partial denture that doesn't slip. This allows for the patient to have a solid bite and better chewing ability.

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