Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth will regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence because they know that teeth appear natural and that facial contours were preserved. Implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium and creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure by preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! 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 an extensive dental/radiographic examination. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Davis or by an oral surgeon. 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 jawbone by an oral surgeon. 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 jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary restoration and eat a soft diet. At the same time, Dr. Davis designs the permanent crownbridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Davis will connect an abutment (attachment) to the implant. An impression is taken so that Dr. Davis can build your final implant supported crown, bridge or denture. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.