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 surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing, acting as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Once integrated, small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for either bridgework or over-dentures. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that 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.
Dental Implants Evaluation
If 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. Morr or by another type of dentist in Miami, 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 Implants Procedure
The placement of dental implants may involve one or two surgical procedures, depending on the remaining bone and soft tissue in the edentulous area. In some situations, the implants can be loaded immediately, but not always. Because bone and tissue will begin to disintegrate without a root to hold on it, the implants may be covered and given time for the bone and tissue to heal and integrate with the implants. A second procedure will expose the implants in order to continue.
In some situations, if there are remaining teeth, your prosthodotist can slowly convert you to a fixed implant case by maintaining specific teeth to hold a fixed provisional, allowing a smooth transition.
Full mouth dental implants are a great alternative for patients that have lost or are in the process of losing all their teeth due to decay or periodontal disease. Implants can be used as root substitutes that can be then used to support either fixed bridgework or one of many different types of implant over-dentures. If you are fully edentulous and wear a denture, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during the healing phase. It’s best to discuss these options with your prosthodotist, because it is not good to have too much pressure on the implants during initial integration, especially with bone grafting.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Dr. Tal Morr’s extensive training and experience makes him ideally qualified in all phases of full mouth reconstruction, aesthetics, and implant rehabilitations.