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 posts which are placed into the jawbone 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 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.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Tomiuk in conjunction with either a Periodontist or Oral/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.
Dental Implant Procedure
A dental implant is a metal anchor, which acts as a tooth root substitute. It is surgically placed into the jawbone. A small post is then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. This post provides a stable anchor for the artificial replacement tooth.
For most patients, the placement of a dental implant involves two surgical procedures with the specialist. First, the implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implant is beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. Dr. Tomiuk may make you a temporary tooth during this period for cosmetic reasons. You’ll be advised to eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Tomiuk can then start fabricating your new tooth. An impression must be taken and sent to our lab to fashion the crown to fit your implant. Then a post can be connected to the implant. The replacement tooth is then secured to the post. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.