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 and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are small titanium posts placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that 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.

Dental Implant Illustration

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will need to undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history check. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Ham. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure is a success.


Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

 

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Ham is able to place single stage implants in a lot of cases. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of 4 months healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

When Dr. Ham performs the actual implant surgery and/or initial tooth extractions, bone grafting may be utilized if necessary.  We can also make a temporary prosthesis – particularly for patients receiving implants for front teeth – for during the implant process, prior to fabricating the permanent prosthesis.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as a substitute for the root of a tooth and are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed in your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery the implants are hidden beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. 

After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Ham can then start making your new teeth. An impression is taken, then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made to go over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.