Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are superior to other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself. An incision is made in the gum so that a screw can be placed into the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.
The area takes about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you can have a temporary crown fabricated so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain an aesthetic smile.
After the implant has healed, an abutment will be placed 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 crown. Once the crown is fabricated by the laboratory, we will attach the crown to your implant permanently. After a short period of getting used to the implant, it will feel just like one of your own natural teeth.