Dental implant surgery is performed in stages. The entire process can take months from start to finish. This time is important, however, since most of that time is devoted to the healing and growth in your jaw.
It may take many months for your jawbone to heal completely from the post placement. Once this is complete, we place the abutment. This is an extension of the implant metal post. In some cases, this can be done at the same time as the original post.
After the soft tissue heals, we will make molds of your teeth and jawbone. We will then create a final tooth to be placed. At the final appointment, we will set the restoration and verify that everything fits properly.
While traditional bridges are durable, they generally only last five to seven years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are created to last a lifetime. They also allow you to keep your teeth in your mouth, rather than worrying that they may slip in place or fall out like dentures. You may brush, floss and care for your teeth the exact way that you would natural teeth. Don't wait to start the process. Call our office today to learn more about our dental implant services.