Missing teeth caused by extensive tooth decay or permanent dental extraction can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and potentially detrimental to your ability to speak, smile, and chew.
A dental implant procedure solves this problem by providing a permanent, physical foundation for improved smiles, overall facial appearance, and natural chewing ability.
For many of our patients suffering from the loss of their natural teeth, we recommend dental implants as an alternative to conventional dentures and bridgework.
What is an Implant?
The implant itself consists of a tiny titanium cylinder which is implanted in the jawbone. Once in place, the titanium cylinder will serves as a permanent anchor, or "root system" for your replacement teeth.
Benefits of Implants.
Dental implants support and secure tooth restorations in a much more natural-looking fashion than conventional, removable dentures and bridgework.
Unlike typical dentures and bridgework, implants also help prevent undesirable changes in your facial appearance caused by deterioration of the jawbone which frequently accompanies the loss of your natural teeth.
Once a patient agrees to an implant procedure, one or more titanium cylinders are surgically implanted in the patients jawbone at the location of missing tooth or teeth.
The implant procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia, is usually performed in two steps:
Placement of the titanium cylinder within the jawbone where it will remain for three to six months while healing takes place. Typically, you will be able to wear a temporary dental prosthesis during the healing period.
Once healing is completed, a permanent denture or bridge fabricated to match (as closely as possible) the size, shape and color of your surrounding teeth is permanently attached to the titanium cylinder.
With the implant firmly fixed within the jawbone and restoration complete, the unsightly cost of missing teeth is removed, and chewing food will once again feel more natural.
Lorenzana and Associates highly recommends an on-going hygiene maintenance program for implant patients in order to ensure healthy, secure, and long-lasting implant restorations.