Implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone, where they function as the roots of artificial teeth. Because your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, your implant actually fuses with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Once fused, your implant functions just like a natural tooth root, so it requires very little maintenance and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for Dr. Burges to add a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Implants bring you and your smile a number of benefits, such as:
Implants also make your smile whole again, which has benefits beyond medical or cosmetic concerns. Your smile is a unique component of who you are, and when it’s full and healthy, you feel more full and complete.
Your dental implants are installed in three phases.
During the first phase, Dr. Burges places the implants in your jawbone. This involves a quick and easy surgical procedure where she makes a small incision in your gum, drills a hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant.
During the second phase, osseointegration, you spend your time healing and letting your jawbone fuse with the implant. This phase can take 2-4 months.
Once your implant and jawbone have fused, you come back to the office for your final phase: placing the restoration. Dr. Burges takes an impression of your mouth that she sends off to a lab. The lab custom-fabricates your restoration to fit comfortably in your bite and blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Once your restoration is ready, Dr. Burges seals it to the implant with dental cement.
To learn more about how implants can improve your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burges today by calling the office or booking a visit online.