A dental implant is used to replace one or more missing teeth, correct bite issues or pain caused by shifting teeth, improve chewing, speech and digestion, or support a bridge or denture. The implant procedure starts with the installation of an abutment, or post, directly into the jawbone. A custom-made replacement tooth is then placed on top and cemented to the abutment. This creates a strong and long-lasting replacement tooth that looks and feels natural.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Prevents bone loss and gum shrinkage
- Sturdier than removable dentures
- Unlike dental bridge procedures, adjacent teeth are untouched
- Easier to keep clean than dental bridges
Steps to Dental Implants
- Once an abutment is placed into the jaw, it takes four to five months for the jawbone to grow around the post to create a solid setting.
- Several post-op follow-ups are scheduled to ensure everything is going according to plan.
- Once the abutment is set, the replacement tooth is permanently affixed.
Caring for Dental Implants
Detailed care instructions will be provided at your final appointment. Proper care and cleaning, along with regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your new implant remains strong and healthy for years to come.