Teeth restored with dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. You still brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
After meeting with a Dental Implant Dentist to develop a treatment plan, the next step would be the placement of the implant, which usually involves several steps:
- The dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.
- As you heal the implant will fuse with your natural jawbone, with the two growing together, to form a strong long-lasting foundation for your replacement tooth or teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months.
- Once the implant is bonded to the jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment- is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
- An individual tooth, or an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.
Dental implant patients are of all ages –implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or multiple teeth, due to injury, defects, disease or decay. Implants can even be on adolescents after puberty when the jawbone stops growing.
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