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 themselves are specifically designed titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that 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.
Dr. Wallace has extensive training in Implantology. Through continuing education, Dr. Wallace is able to utilize cutting-edge technology for the benefit of his patients.
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. Dr. Wallace employs dental CAT scanning to accurately plan implant surgery for maximum results. Dr. Wallace will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedures
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include density of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Wallace will uncover the implants and attach a small silver button to prevent gum tissue from growing back over the implant opening. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The new teeth replacements are then cemented over the posts. The entire procedure usually takes three to six months (or longer if bone grafting was necessary). Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.