Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a revolutionary way of preserving your natural bone. Bone is lost when teeth are lost and dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. Implants can replace:

  1. Single tooth and the restorative phase similar to crown fabrication and placement or
  2. Multiple tooth implants followed by restorations with crowns or removable overdentures which may require several visits

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 themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed where teeth are missing. The bone “bonds” with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone and facial deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

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 Dr. Kearns or by a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or Periodontist suggested 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 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 phases:

Phase I: implants are placed 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. 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.

Phase II: Your oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, Dr. Kearns will be able to begin making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements 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.