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Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. 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, implants are placed within your jawbone by an oral surgeon or a periodontist. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually intergrading with the jawbone.

After the implant has intergraded with the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your oral surgeon or periodontist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, Dr. Lin will be able to begin restoring your new tooth/teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

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.