Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. When there are many missing teeth (or all of them), implants are usually used to support a removable denture. In these cases, several implants are linked together with a cast metal bar screwed into the implants on short posts. On the under side of the denture clips are inserted which clip onto the bar between the implants. A denture made this way is vastly more comfortable than a traditional denture because it largely rests on the bar instead of the tissue, thus eliminating many of the sore spots caused by dentures. Additionally, the denture is locked into place by the clips and is extremely stable, unlike dentures which tend to slip and shift or come completely out much more easily.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. 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. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. While Dr. Koyama performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis if needed during the implant process.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Koyama will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth that will be placed by your dentists. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
In order to provide the best outcome for our patient, our office is equipped with the most advanced technologies. With our state of the art technologies, we can place the implant with precision and minimal inference to surrounding tissues, achieving optimum results with maximum comfort Read More.
Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Koyama performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Florida Institute of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (a.k.a FIOMS or Florida Institute of OMS)
2402 Frist Blvd
The Lawnwood Medical Park I
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 461-9700
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