The ultimate and permanent solution: Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a foundation so that your restoration will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Regain the ability to eat virtually anything, smile with confidence, and take comfort that your dental restorations will appear natural.
If, like many patients, you feel implant dentistry is the right choice for you, we'll do a dental/radiographic examination and health history assessment. During these consultation visits, Dr. Workman or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon suggested by our practice will talk with you to answer questions and explain the procedure. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Implants are tiny titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation on which we place your restoration. Small posts are then attached to the implant, and these will protrude through the gums to provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For the first 3–6 months following surgery, the implants will bond with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, Dr. Workman will begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken, then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The implant crowns are then attached to the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes 6–8 months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.