Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that the teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth to be placed. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure by preventing 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 comprehensive dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Dongjin Lee and Dr. Min Jung Kim or by an oral-maxillofacial surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work with you each step of the way to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable connections for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures.
First, the implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating with the jawbone. A temporary crown, bridge, or denture is fabricated in the meantime to allow you to eat, speak, and smile normally. After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implants are uncovered and a small healing collar attached. An impression of your mouth is then taken. Finally, posts or attachments are connected to the implants, which the replacement teeth are anchored onto. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months, and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.