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. Implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The implants integrate with the bone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which 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.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
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. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Drs. Nicholas Mangini, Mara Mangini or Kathryn Duncan Friedman. 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 Procedure
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.
The surgical placement of a dental implant can involve either one or two surgical visits to the office. First, Dr. Nicholas Mangini will surgically place the dental implant 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. Depending on your specific situation, a replacement tooth/teeth will be provided to ensure you maintain your beautiful smile. At the same time, our office will design and plan the final crown, bridge, or denture, which will ultimately improve both your function and aesthetics.
If a second “uncovery” procedure is necessary, after the implant has bonded to the jawbone Dr. Mangini will uncover the implant(s) and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Mangini, Mangini and Friedman can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement tooth/teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.