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 can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
Where and how implants are placed requires a detailed assessment of your overall jaw-mouth relationship, within which the teeth function. This will necessitate Drs. Bhagat & Dureja to compile records that include study models of your mouth and bite, and specialized radiographs (x-rays), which may include 3D scans known as computerized tomograms (CT scans). Planning with the help of computer imaging ensures that dental implants can be placed in exactly the right position in the bone.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two phases:
The first phase is the surgical phase where Drs. Bhagat & Dureja place dental implants in the precision channels that are created in the jawbone. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in intimate contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.
In the second phase, Drs. Bhagat and Dureja will attach an abutment to the implant. This is a device that joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown or a bridge, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. It will match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown or bridge is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.