Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire dental implant procedure is performed over the course of a few months. Phase one of the process is to install the implant itself. A small incision is made in the gum so that a screw can be placed into the jawbone. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.
The dental implant must be allowed 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jawbone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
In Phase two, after the implant has healed, an abutment must be placed on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the tooth restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.