Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives such as bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth and also have a life expectancy of at least 35 years, whereas bridges last an average of 10.
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. 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 can have 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, we will place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Our office will then send the impressions to our chosen dental lab where they will create the custom restoration. Once the restoration is completed you can return to our office to have the restoration permanently attached. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of adjustment, it will feel just like one of your natural teeth.
Our office offers a periodontal specialist who can evaluate your eligibility for implants and perform them right in our office!