They also retain their natural look better over time. There’s never any risk of dark metal showing through or peeking out at the margins, should your gums recede a bit.
What Are Dental Implants & How Do They Work?
Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The implants themselves are small ceramic posts that Dr. Cuprill surgically places into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the post, creating a strong foundation for the artificial teeth that will go on top – whether single crowns, partials, or full dentures.
They’re the anchors for any dental work we need to put on top to restore your smile. Implants have the added benefit of helping to preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that happens when teeth are missing.
How Are Dental Implants Done?
For most patients, placement involves two procedures. First, Dr. Cuprill will surgically place the implants into your jawbone, where they will act as substitute tooth roots. We then give them several months to bond to your jawbone, a process called osseointegration.
During this time, you’ll be able to wear temporary partials so you can speak and eat normally, although a softer diet is usually required. At the same time, the final restorations or prosthetics that will attach to your implants will be designed.
Once the implants have integrated with your bone, we attach the replacement teeth on top, completing your newly restored smile.
And you’ve regained the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth appear natural and that your facial appearance will be preserved!