Once your treatment starts, the implantologist will perform a detailed initial work up, including impressions, CAT Scan imaging, and dental photography , to allow our team to prepare everything necessary for your implant placement and the restoration of your teeth. If you are currently wearing dentures, a try-in visit may be scheduled to allow you to preview your new replacement teeth.
Placing the Implants
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.
Attaching the Posts (abutments)
Often, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This small metal post, called an abutment, completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontal will advise you on which system is best for you.
Placing the New Implant Supported Teeth
Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by your 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. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
The Completed Implant Treatment
Your final new teeth appear and perform like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.