Services: Dental Implants

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. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the area where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! People are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you,we ask that you have a comprehensive dental and radiographic examination including a review of all pertinent health history variables. During the consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Mengedoth. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

What does the process involve? ⇓

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the area where the tooth is missing. Small posts called abutments are then attached to the implant, which give the anchorage for a cemented crown. These posts can provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth that are removable or cemented.

For most patients the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed in the area of the missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Mengedoth often provides a surgical stint to the surgeon who will be placing the implant. This stint dictates the positioning of the implant, to insure it is located correctly for restoration fabrication. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the bone. During the healing of the implants, a provisional or temporary tooth substitution is often used to fill in where the missing teeth are being replaced.

After the implant has bonded with the bone, the second phase begins. Your surgeon will uncover the implants and place a healing abutment. At this point, you will return to our office, where an impression is taken and temporary crowns are made over the posts or abutments. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

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