What are Dental Implants?
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.
Dental Implants Procedure
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself. A screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.
Dental implants take about 3-6 months to heal. During this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. While healing, you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed, you will return to the office one last time to attach the restoration permanently.
Your smile will look just as beautiful as it once did. After a short period of adjustment, the implant will feel just like one of your own teeth.