A permanent, popular solution to replace missing or extracted teeth - Dental Implants. More people are opting for implants over alternatives like bridges because there are no alterations to additional teeth. Other teeth do not need to be manipulated to place the new tooth.
Performed over the course of a couple months, the initial step is to install the implant itself. A screw is placed into the jaw bone. The incision is into the gum so that the implant can be inserted. If multiple implants are required, multiple pieces are be placed all at once. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.
For the next 3-6 months the implant area will heal and the jaw bone will form around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. During this healing time you will have have temporary crowns. You will be able to eat and speak normally while maintaining 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. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the 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.
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