Dental implants are a modern dental invention that truly change the way people with missing teeth live. Implant posts and anchors provide a stable, secure foundation for the implant restorations (replacement teeth that look and function like your other natural teeth). Once placed, dental implants can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods as well as give you a smile that you can be proud of. Implants can also preserve your facial structure by preventing bone resorption caused by missing teeth.
The titanium or zirconia implant posts are surgically placed into the jaw where they act as substitutes for a tooth root. Over time, the bone of the jaw osteointegrates with the titanium or zirconia post to create a strong and secure foundation for your artificial teeth. After they have integrated, an implant anchor is attached to the post. This anchor protrudes through the gums and is later used for secure attachment of artificial teeth.
Restoration with a dental implant usually involves several procedures over the course of four to six months. During the first stage of the procedure, the implant posts are placed in the jawbone. For the next three to four months, your implants are bonding with the bone underneath the surface of your gums. Many patients are given temporary restorations or dentures during this period.
During the second stage of the procedure, the implant post is uncovered and either an anchor is placed for optimal fitting of the implant restoration or an implant fixture level impression is taken for a laboratory-fabricated abutment (custom anchor). These anchors, once torqued in place, do protrude through the gums, but will be concealed after the implant restoration is placed. Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the implant restoration may be placed at this appointment or during a third appointment at our [dental practice.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Rockville, Maryland, we invite you to give Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS a call. Our dentist, Dr. Chetan Parikh, is always happy to answer your questions and help you discover the best way to restore and enhance your smile.