Dental implants are designed to provide an option for replacing missing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With dental implants you regain the ability to chew comfortably and smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where the root of the tooth used to be. The bone grows around the implant, cementing it in place. This provides a solid foundation for the placement of a crown, to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants can also provide anchors for dentures, providing much greater stability and function. The dental implant functions like a tooth, which makes it easy for you to eat, brush and floss, in a normal fashion.
Dr. Fay received thorough training in Implantology and is continuously involved in continuing education. State of the art techniques are employed for conservative placement and predictable outcomes.
In order to evaluate for dental implants, we ask that you undergo a dental exam, radiographic exam and health history. During the initial consultation visit, we will address your individual needs, concerns and health conditions. Special cases require special treatment. We want to make sure that the process goes smoothly and that the outcome is what you and your general dentist envisioned and desired.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
The placement of the dental implant itself, is a surgical procedure. This is typically a one hour appointment. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases the new crown can be placed upon the implant immediately.
A healing phase following surgery allows the implants beneath the surface of the gums to gradually bond with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we will communicate with your general dentist so that he/she can be ready for the process of making the crown.
After the bone around the implant has healed, Dr. Fay will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. The new crown will be placed by the restoring dentist, either your general dentist or prosthodontist. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.