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 they can laugh and smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium cylinders that are placed into the bone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium implants, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, to support the final restoration. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, a periodontist recommended by Dr. McCormick places the implants within your bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, Dr. McCormick designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the bone, the restorative phase begins. Your periodontist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. In approximately two weeks, Dr. McCormick can then take a final impression. The attachments can then be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements 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.