Getting dental implants is a big life change that will improve not only your smile but your oral health as well. You may not realize that having missing teeth can cause your teeth to shift. This can cause bone loss that may lead to loss of your other teeth. The dental implants process is a very routine, straightforward procedure that will leave you smiling your best smile once again.
Removing the Damaged Tooth
If you still have the tooth that needs replacement, then the first step is to have that tooth extracted. After we extract the tooth, we prepare your gums for the implant. We place a metal post in the spot where the implant will go. This post takes the place of the tooth root, and it is what makes dental implants so secure. You see, dentures sit on top of the gum, but dental implants actually mimic a natural tooth, from the root to the crown.
The jaw bone heals around the post, which anchors it to your jaw. The length of the healing process varies, depending on your health and your age. Once healed, we attach what is known as an abutment to the post, which is where we attach the dental crown.
Completing the Process
After the healing period, the placement of the abutment, and the healing of the soft tissue, we make a mold of your teeth to shape and tailor your new restoration – often a crown or dental bridge – to the size and shape of your other teeth. Once crafted, we place the new tooth and the process is complete. From beginning to end, getting a dental implant can take several months, with the dental work done in stages. You’ll spend much of this time healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
After the procedure, you can care for your new dental implant like you would your other natural teeth. This includes flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups. If you have any questions about your specific timeline for getting a dental implant, call our office today for a consultation!