Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. The advantage over alternatives like bridges is that 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. 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 the gums are sutured (sewn).
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal.
During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed 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 place an abutment on the implant.
The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. The laboratory will make the implant crown over a period of a few weeks. When it is completed, you return to the office to attach the crown permanently.