Dental implants refer to prosthetic teeth that are surgically place into the jawbone. These small titanium post bond with the bone, acting as a substitute for a tooth’s natural root and providing a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their smile and their face look natural.
Once you decide on implant dentistry, we ask that you first undergo a full dental examination and health history review with one of your qualified dentists. During these initial consultations, We at Global Smiles will assess your specific needs and may also refer you for a consultation with an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or Periodontist. This is the time when we address any questions and concerns you may have, and our team will work with you very closely to make sure you are completely comfortable and to ensure your procedure a success.
The placement of dental implants can involve up to two surgical procedures, depending on the conditions in the edentulous area. If the surrounding bone and tissue has begun to disintegrate without a root to hold on it, the implants may be covered and given time for the bone and tissue to heal and integrate with the implants. A second procedure will expose the implants in order to continue. In some situations, the implants can be loaded immediately.
In some situations, if there are remaining teeth, Dr Sanette Muller can slowly convert you to a fixed implant case by maintaining specific teeth to hold a fixed provisional, allowing a smooth transition.
Full mouth dental implants are an option for patients that have lost or are in the process of losing all their teeth due to decay or periodontal disease. Implants replace tooth roots in the jawbone and then support either fixed bridgework or one of several different types of dentures.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. If you are fully edentulous and wear a denture, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during the healing phase. It’s best to discuss these options with Dr Muller here at Global Smiles, because it is not good to have too much pressure on the implants during initial integration, especially with bone grafting. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.