Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses 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 the consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Lakhani 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.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two procedures. First, dental 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 fusing with the jaw bone.
After the dental implant has fused to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The implant is uncovered and a small healing collar is attached. Dr. Lakhani can then start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.