A dental implant may be used to replace one or more missing teeth. When appropriate, implants are a great alternative to fixed bridgework or dentures because the implant fuses with your jawbone and won’t slip, make noise, or cause bone damage.
Dental implant surgery is a process, consisting of several steps:
Your damaged tooth is removed.
Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting.
After your jawbone heals, your dentist places the dental implant metal post in your jawbone.
You go through a healing period that may last several months.
Your dentist places the abutment — an extension of the implant metal post — followed by your new artificial tooth (crown).
The entire process can take several months from start to finish, and much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw. Schedule an appointment today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants!