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David B. Solomon, DDS | Dental Implants in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles

     

   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   

 

Dental implants are a durable and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives such as bridges due to the need to crown each of the teeth supporting a bride.

The 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. A small incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple
implants may be placed at once if necessary.

An implant must be allowed about 2-4 months to heal. 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 an appliance or 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. An impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed you will need to return to our office to seat it in the mouth. 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.