A dental implant is an ideal treatment for patients wishing to permanently replace one or more of their missing teeth. After a metal post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown.
Dental implant placement is a very precise surgical procedure, and an in-office consult is necessary prior to any treatment. Digital imaging and impressions may be taken during your consultation appointment, in order to ensure you have an adequate amount of surrounding bone required to provide necessary implant support.
Implant placement is the first of a multi-step process to permanently replace missing teeth. The implant will act as a permanent "root", or anchor, for a permanent crown or prosthesis. To begin the implant process, a metal post, or implant, is surgically positioned into the jaw where it will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once placed, surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal. This length of time may vary, depending on location of the tooth and quality of surrounding bones, among other factors, but typically ranges from 2-4 months. Time frames will be discussed and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the procedures involved in dental implants.Back