DENTAL IMPLANTS AT BROCK DENTAL
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They look like natural teeth and assist in preserving facial structure, while also serving to prevent the bone from deteriorating in the location of the missing tooth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw (small titanium post) is placed into the jaw bone where the tooth is missing. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The Healing Time
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance when smiling.
The Final Appointment
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
If you are considering dental implants, we will refer you to a Periodontist for the implant procedure. While the implant is healing Brock Dental will create a temporary acrylic denture for aesthetics and functionality. A follow up appointment will be made to return to Brock Dental after the 3-6 month healing process to have your permanent crown inserted over the implant.
Your questions and concerns are important to us. Our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
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