Dental implants are substitutes for missing teeth and are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The individual who has lost one or more teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence. Implants are very small titanium anchors that are inserted into the regions of the jawbone where teeth are missing. Each implant functions as the “root” of a missing tooth. The bone bonds to the implant and this bonding creates a strong foundation for various kinds of restorations (a single crown, multiple crowns, bridgework or dentures). In addition, implants help preserve facial structure (lip and cheek support), preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you feel that implant dentistry may be a choice for you, we ask that you undergo an evaluation by Dr. Supowitz. Your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Supowitz and a periodontist or oral surgeon referred by him. A collaborative team approach will help assure that your procedure is a success.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. The implants are placed in your jawbone beneath the surface of the gums and the bone gradually bonds to the implants. An immediate temporary restoration is fabricated and placed. After three to four months (dependent upon the treatment necessary), Dr. Supowitz will be able to create the final restoration (crowns, bridges, or dentures) that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
The entire traditional procedure usually takes four to six months to complete, dependent upon the individual’s specific dental treatment. Dr. Supowitz also offers the “Teeth-in-a-day” treatment concept when appropriate, in which he immediately places restorations on the implants. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life with either procedure.