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Dental Implants

Dental implants are an 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 deliver the implant itself. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, sutures are used to close the surgical site.

Following implant placement, the implant site is given 3-6 months to heal while the bone attaches to the implant in a process osseointegration. During this healing time you may be able to have temporary crowns placed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed, it is time to make an impression for the abutment and crown. The abutment serves as the base for your new crown. The impression is sent to a lab that fabricates both the abutment and the crown. Once the restoration is completed, you will return to the office to attach the abutment and crown to your implant. 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.