Dental implants are like artificial roots and teeth. They are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by an oral surgeon, whom Dr. Petroff will work with to coordinate your care.
The oral surgeon will place the actual implants in your jaw bone, as well as an abutment, where the crowns are attached. You will need several weeks to heal from this procedure. Once you’ve healed, Dr. Petroff will place the crowns on the abutments. If something should happen with your implants, Dr. Petroff may be able to restore them for you, otherwise, she will work with the oral surgeon to repair them.
Dental implants have several advantages over dentures, such as improved appearance and speech. Dentures can sometimes slip, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without worrying about your dentures slipping. They’re also more comfortable because they fuse to your jaw bone, becoming permanent. You can eat all of your favorite foods without worrying.