- Description: An implant is a permanent tooth shaped device that replaces missing teeth. Once in place it functions and looks like a natural tooth. Specialized implants can also be used to anchor dentures and removable partial dentures.
- Reasons for getting an implant: By replacing missing teeth, implants improve esthetics and return chewing function. Implants also allow you to anchor dentures, partial dentures and bridges, giving you more options for your dental care.
- What to expect at your appointments: The two main parts of an implant are placed in two different phases:
Phase 1- The root part of the implant (a titanium cylinder) is placed into the bone and allowed to heal for 3-4 months to allow bone to graft to the device, creating an immovable, solid foundation. An oral surgeon usually places this anchor; we will assist you in scheduling your appointment. During this healing stage the implant will not have an attached crown, but a temporary device can be fabricated to fill the space with an artificial tooth until the healing is complete.
Phase 2 – Putty impressions are taken and a laboratory creates a porcelain crown that Dr. Appel will permanently attach to the anchor portion of the implant. The crown covered implant will blend perfectly with your surrounding teeth.