Dental implants 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 and can smile with confidence knowing that teeth appear natural. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which 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, which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. 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 just one surgical procedure. Most implants have to heal in the bone before placing the tooth on the implant. This takes anywhere between 3-4 months.
When the implant(s) are ready to be restored your general dentist will make impressions for lab fabrication of your tooth, teeth or prosthesis. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure can take as little as 3 months. If a tooth needs to be removed and the site prepared with bone grafting, that can add anywhere from 4-6 months to the total treatment time.
Doctor Low has received extensive training in implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1987 and through continuing education, is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.
Doctor Low has received extensive training in implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1987 and through continuing education, is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry. In addition, Doctor Low is one of the few surgeons that utilizes COMPUTER GUIDED IMPLANT PLACEMENT and BIOTECHNOLOGY.