Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds (integrates) 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. Once the implant is placed and integrated, the implant crowns are designed, fabricated and placed on the implant. The crown looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and esthetically pleasing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, contact the office for a consultation. Dr. Michelakis will discuss your specific needs, health history, concerns and considerations at this appointment. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your treatment a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
1) Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone. They lie beneath the surface of the gum tissue. The implant gradually integrates with the bone during the first three months.
2) Once integration has been verified, Dr. Michelakis will “uncover” the implant. He will place a “healing cap” which will then be visible in the mouth (It looks like a little man hole cover).
3) A couple weeks after the implant has been uncovered and the tissue has remodeled, he will design the final crown, bridgework or denture for placement on the implant(s). Once complete you will have a fully functioning tooth/teeth.
Most people have no issues with the implant process and no disruption in their daily routines.