Implant technology is giving people full confidence to smile again. An evolutionary step beyond dentures, dental implants give you the option of permanent replacements that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants don't fall out and they take the worry out of chewing. Implants also preserve facial contours and prevent bone deterioration that can occur when teeth are missing. Our patients love them because they appear so natural. It's just like having your perfect teeth back again.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants consist of tiny titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth-root substitutes. Human bone bonds solidly with titanium, thus creating a strong foundation. The small posts protrude through the gums and are attached to the artificial tooth. This mirrors natural tooth design and provides a powerful and permanent structure that you can depend upon.
Dr. Antipov is a leading specialist in procedures requiring two or more implants at one time. These techniques are similar to constructing single implants, but may require additional alignment of the posts, artificial teeth and sometimes crowns. These multiple implants also help prevent bone deterioration and end up looking just like natural teeth!
In the past, patients often had to wait more than two months to receive the artificial teeth involved with the implant procedures. Today, due to a recently developed process, you can have your dental implants made and the implant procedure completed, all in one appointment. Highly-sophisticated new radiographic techniques combined with advancements in computer technology have made this "Teeth-in-an-Hour" procedure possible. Dr. Antipov also uses 3-D imaging to assess bone structure; determine the best areas for the implants; and design the posts and permanent prosthesis. Because the implanted posts fit precisely into the surgical sites prepared for them, there is often little healing time associated with the process.