Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted 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. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, you may need a temporary restoration so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed, it can be utilized to support a denture, a crown or a bridge. For a crown or bridge restoration, an impression is made and an abutment is screwed onto the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. The final restoration can then be attached. Implant restorations provide some of the most natural replacements for lost teeth.