What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that functions like an artificial tooth root. It can be used to support a single artificial tooth or used as an anchor for bridges or dentures.
Who performs the dental implant procedure?
Dr. Sheffield has received extensive training in both placing dental implants and restoring dental implants with artificial tooth replacements. He has successfully placed over 100 implants. You may also visit an oral surgeon or periodontist to have the implant placed, and then return to Dr. Sheffield for the restoration (crown, bridge, or denture).
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Sheffield will do a thorough evaluation of the health of your gums and the amount of bone available to support the implant, and let you know if an implant is an option for you.
What is the procedure involved in placing dental implants?
The first stage begins with placing the dental implant in your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The implant must then be allowed to heal for approximately three months while the surrounding bone fuses to the titanium surface of the implant. This provides for a very sturdy, stable foundation for attaching an artificial tooth or teeth to the implant.
The second stage involves taking an impression, or mould, of your teeth and the implant. This impression is used to make a model of your teeth so that a restoration can be made to fit in your mouth. After the restoration is made, it is attached to the implant to anchor it in place.
Don't worry! It sounds worse than it actually is! You can expect some mild to moderate soreness for about a day or two after the initial surgery, and then it will feel back to normal. Once your final restoration is attached to the implant, it will feel much like your natural teeth!
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