What is an implant?
Dental implants are fixtures of titanium which are surgically screwed into the jaw bone. When a tooth is missing an implant takes the place of the missing root and a prosthetic crown replaces the natural crown of the tooth.
The Implant Procedure
The implant procedure is the same whether one or all teeth are missing.
Implant site preparation. The gum tissue is opened to expose the underlying bone where the implant will be placed. In cases where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting is recommended. Once healthy bone material has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the implant. After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured.
Healing. The healing process takes three to six months which is the amount of time it takes for the implant to become part of the lower jaw.
Attaching the post. When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant that acts as a support for the new porcelain crown.
Placing the crown. After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented.