Dental implants are a durable and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They may have advantages over other alternatives such as cemented bridges or removable partial dentures.
The implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself. A small incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. A custom shaped "socket" is made in the jaw and the implant is rotated into place. Multiple implants may be placed at once if desired.
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 crown 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 crown, bridge or other overlying restoration. Once the restoration is completed you will need to return to our office to seat it in the mouth. You will enjoy the benefit of function and the beauty of your smile. After a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel similar to your own teeth.