The Facts About Dental Implants
Dental implants are the permanent way to replace missing teeth, with a look and feel that’s very close to your natural teeth. Implants are metal posts or frames surgically placed into the bone beneath your gums. The implants fuse with the jawbone providing stable support to artificial teeth, and preventing individual teeth, bridges or dentures from shifting in your mouth.
What Happens During Treatment?
Dr. Hopkins and an oral surgeon will work as a team to devise the best treatment plan for you. The oral surgeon will then surgically place the implant in the jaw with the top of the implant just above the top of the bone. Generally, from three to six months or more is allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implant and hold them securely in place.
Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post, called an abutment, is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gum-line and serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth. After your gums have fully healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you face the loss of one or several teeth, or if you are dissatisfied with dentures, or other options available to you, dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Hopkins will be happy to guide you in your decision for a long lasting result.
Do you know missing teeth can affect your overall appearance? Its true! Missing teeth can change the shape of your face. The good news is that implant technology can correct that! Minimize bone loss, avoid dentures and enjoy your food again through cutting edge technology. Start smiling comfortably again!