Dental Implants | Westminster MA
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 jaw bone 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
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Palermo or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. This is known as Osteointegration. You should be able to wear temporary dentures, a flipper, or a temporary crown. You must eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, the dental laboratory designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. You will be given antibiotics and anti-microbial rinses to prevent infection. All instructions will be covered during your surgical visit. The surgical appointment generally takes about an hour. You will receive local anesthesia during the procedure and be very comfortable. Mild discomfort may be experienced for a few days. Over the Counter tylenol or Motrin is usually all that is required to manage the temporary discomfort. However with that said, most patients feel virtually no discomfort after the anesthetic wears off.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, and Osteointegration has occurred, the second phase now begins. Dr. Palermo will remove the healing collar, inspect the implant, and take all necessary impressions. The Dental Laboratory will fabricate your final crown, bridge, or denture. Once the final restoration is ready Dr. Palermo will insert them into place. This generally involves a custom post with screw that “screws” directly into the interior of the implant itself. Then a full crown that will be cemented onto the custom post. If this is a full denture then multiple attachments are needed and these hold the denture in place.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
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