Dental implants are by far the best solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike many procedures, the process of placing dental implants takes time, but the results are permanent.
There are three steps involved in the dental implant procedure:
Placement of the implant – This involves a small surgical procedure in which the dental implant or implants are placed into the bone.Following this procedure your implant will undergo the process of osseointegration which may take about three to six months. During this time, it is very important that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and avoid foods that are difficult to chew or that will place undue pressure on the healing of your dental implants. Completion of osseointegration is necessary before the second dental implant step.
Placement of the abutment – Following osseointergration of your dental implant by your jawbone, you will return to our office for the placement of the abutment. The abutment is placed underneath your gums and serves as the connecting component between the implant and the restoration.
Placement of the restoration – Once the gum tissue surrounding your abutment has healed, you will return to our office for the placement of your restoration. This restoration will be a dental crown, dental bridge, or partial or full denture depending on your specific needs.
The time needed to complete each step varies depending on how quickly the jaw and gums heal, which varies from person to person. In addition, some patients may need bone or gum grafting, to improve their chances of a successful implant.
For more information and other concerns, contact us at 203-612-5529.