The Implant Placement Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed in the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures.
First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. After the implant has sufficiently bonded, the second phase begins. Dr. Kachur will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. She can then start making the new tooth. An impression is first taken. Then an abutment is connected to the implants. A replacement tooth, more commonly known as a crown is then molded and attached over the abutment. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
What can I Expect after Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!