Despite major strides in dental care millions of Americans still lose their teeth. Most tooth loss stems from tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. For years the only options for people with missing teeth were either fixed bridges, removable bridges and dentures. With advancements in technology dental implants have revolutionized how most dentists go about replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are replacements of the roots of your teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone which then bond with the surrounding bone in the jaw. They provide an anchor and strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. These replacement teeth are made to look and function just like your real teeth.
For those people missing teeth, receiving dental implants will improve their day-to-day life. Implants have the capability to improve the appearance of your face and smile, improve your speech, improve the comfort of your mouth, make eating easier, improve your self-esteem and confidence, and most importantly improve your oral health as well as your overall health.
Most people who are healthy enough to undergo routine dental procedures are healthy enough to receive dental implants. It is always Dr. Faist’s goal that his patients are able to receive the improvements to their smile and overall health that they desire and deserve.
Getting dental implants is typically a three visit procedure which involves the following process:
- Before the implant procedure takes place, Dr. Faist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your dental implant(s).
- On your first visit, Dr. Faist works with the surgeon who will be placing the implant to make sure it is placed in the perfect position. There will then be a three to six month period in between your first and second visits to allow the implant to bond with your jawbone. Once the implant integrates with your bone, it will become the new “root” for your missing tooth and soon to be dental crown.
- On your second visit, Dr. Faist will uncover the gum tissue over the implant and place a small connector piece, also known as an abutment, to the titanium post which will then be used to hold your new tooth.
Dr. Faist will take digital scans of your teeth to create a model of your bite. The scans will be sent to the dental lab for your permanent custom crown to be manufactured.
- Your third visit will the placement of the permanent crown by Dr. Faist.