Dental implants are permanent and appealing solutions to replace missing teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges, because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. First, an incision is made in the gum so that an implant can be installed.
Next, a screw is placed in the jawbone at the point of incision. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured back together.
The implant needs 3-6 months to heal. During this time, the jawbone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you can have temporary crowns installed that will help you 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. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration.
Once the restoration is finished, you'll return to the office to have it attached 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.