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 are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, 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 Dr. Fredericks or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. 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 jaw bone. 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 two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Fredericks can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement 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.
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“In the past I had moved from dentist to dentist, but I finally feel at home here. The hygienist is very friendly and aware of my needs. Dr. Fredericks is warm and compassionate. The atmosphere in the office is very comforting and professional. I highly recommend this practice to anyone in the area. ”
“I hadn’t been to the dentist in several years, if I had known it was going to be this comfortable I would have gone a long time ago. Dr. Fredericks and her staff make you feel welcomed. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done and they never made me feel bad about it. I would recommend Dr. Fredericks and her team to anyone looking for a dentist. “
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“I needed some cosmetic work done on four of my front teeth. I asked a few friends if they knew of a good cosmetic dentist. My co-worker recommended I see Dr. Fredericks. The office looks great and all the staff were polite and friendly. Dr. Fredericks is very professional and skilled at what she does. The crowns she did look fantastic and very natural. She’s not just a doctor. She is a true artist! I honestly could not be happier with the results. Best dentist I’ve had. ”