Dental implants are changing the way people live by allowing a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implant surgery allows those who have lost to their natural teeth to preserve their facial contours, eat virtually anything, and smile with confidence. The implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The posts are then attached to the implant and provide a strong foundation for artificial replacement teeth. For most, the placement of dental implants requires two surgical procedures, here’s what to expect:
First, the implants are placed within your jawbone where they will gradually bond to the bone for the first three to six months following surgery. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and maintain a soft diet while your dentist creates your new replacement teeth.
Once your mouth has healed and the implant has bonded to the jawbone, Dr. Sedaros is able to uncover the implants and attach the small posts that will be the anchors for your artificial teeth. Once the artificial teeth are placed, the posts won’t be seen.
This whole process typically takes around six to eight months, but most patients experience little to no disruption to their daily life. Thanks to advances in technology, dental implants allow for a new sense of comfort, functionality, and self-confidence. If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental implant surgery is a great option for improving your smile and overall quality of life. Give us a call today, because as your Melbourne oral surgeon, we believe there’s no reason to wait to have your smile back.