Dental implants are a permanent and aesthetically appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Because your other teeth are unaffected by implants, they are often the recommended solution than other alternatives like bridges. Speak with Dr. Bruggeman to learn more about the differences between the two dental procedures.
Steps To Dental Implants
The first part of the process is to gently place the implant or “root” part within the mouth. A small incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implant(s) is placed, the gums are allowed to heal and in some cases are sutured.
After the implant is in place, you will be allowed a time to heal. Healing can be anywhere from between 3-6 months. A temporary tooth (teeth) is typically installed so that you can eat and speak normally and to maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile. As you heal over the next 3-6 months your jawbone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration.
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. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. 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.
Speak with Dr. Bruggeman to learn more about the implant process.