What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal posts secured below the gum line into the upper or lower jaw bone. Implants act as substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They provide an anchor for one or more replacement teeth or crowns.
How are Dental Implants Done?
Having dental implants and replacement teeth or crowns inserted is a multi-step process that can take several months or longer to complete. The process begins with a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and gums which usually includes X-rays and possibly other imaging tests.
During the first procedure, the implant is placed into the socket of the missing tooth, which the jaw bone then heals around and fuses to. The fusing of jaw bone and implant can take several months.
After the jaw is fully healed, a connector (abutment) is attached to the implant during the second procedure. A perfectly matched tooth that is created in a lab can then be attached to the abutment.
Because of the cost and time commitment to complete the dental implant process, it is important to get all your questions answered about this procedure. Scheduling an appointment to talk with your dentist about implants is a great first step. When you are ready, we can refer you to a local oral surgeon for a consultation for this procedure.