How will the implant be placed?
First, the implant, which looks like a screw or
cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months,
the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form
an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary
tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary
to uncover the implant and attach an extension, (healing abutment).
Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following
Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will
be created for you by your general dentist and attached to the
abutment. After a short time you will experience restored confidence
in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
Sometimes additional procedures are necessary, including
addition (implant site) gum and/or bone or reduction of gum/bone
tissue of adjacent teeth, in order to enhance a front tooth appearance.
A thorough consultation is needed to determine how best to optimize
your result including review of your medical history, missing
tooth region analysis using periodontal charting, x-rays, and
dental models. A treatment plan customized to fit your needs will