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 implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where 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. This portion of the treatment is completed at another office, either an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed 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 may be able to have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile. Usually, temporary crowns are made only for front teeth which show when you smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to make a tooth to fit on theimplant. We provide those services in our office.The implant serves as the base for your new tooth. An impression of the implant base is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. We will then send the impression to an outside lab, who will create your new tooth. 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.