What They Are
- First, the dentist will surgically place the implant(s) into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup initially during the healing process.
- Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Most patients need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant.
- Lastly, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color, and fit and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge, or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)
Are Dental Implants for You?
If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health, this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled. Our dentist will work with your medical doctor to insure that you are a candidate. Factors such as medication, overall dental health, smoking, vaping or other type of tobacco usage may affect your outcome. Speak openly & freely with your dentist for your safest care.