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 tiny titanium or zirconia posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the implant, 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.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dr. Trevor Frideres is now placing implants right here at our office in Sisters, so you can restore your smile without the commute!
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, the process begins with a dental/radiographic examination and evaluation of your health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Frideres, Dr. Kawasaki and Dr. Everson, or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Frideres and Dr. Everson are able to coordinate with your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to digitally design a lasting solution for your smile.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts, called abutments, are then attached to the implant, which provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat your normal diet during this time. At the same time, your team at Sisters Dental designs the final bridgework, denture, or crown, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has integrated with the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Frideres and Dr. Everson can then start making your new teeth, first by taking an impression. Next, posts or attachments are connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then connected to the posts or attachments. The entire procedure takes approximately six to eight months, and some patients are candidates for a much shorter timeline. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.