Dental Implants Rochester
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 jaw bone 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, like many others, 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 either Dr. Palermo, Dr. Malatesta, Dr. Valerio, Dr. Molisani or Dr. Geminiani. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success. In some cases, you may need a referral to an oral surgeon or periodontist.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. 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 phases. First, 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 may have a small healing collar protruding through the gums as well as a temporary or interim appliance replacing the missing tooth or teeth as the implant integrates.
After the implant has integrated, the second phase begins. This is where Drs. Palermo, Malatesta, Valerio, Molisani or Geminiani can then start making your new teeth. Impressions are taken and sent to the lab for either crown or denture fabrication. These replacement teeth are then attached and connected to the implants and ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation appointment, call our office today!