Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement in dentistry. An implant is the next best thing to a healthy, natural tooth. A dental implant replaces a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Dental implants have been used for many years and have come to be regarded as the industry standard for replacing missing teeth.
Dental Implant Process:
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure. Because of its surgical nature, there is a period of healing time involved. The process and timeline of typical implant surgery is as follows:
Surgical placement of the dental implant. The implant itself is an anchor which looks like a screw. The implant is made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the body.
The strength of an implant is determined by how well it integrates with the surrounding jaw bone. This takes time. Typically, patients will need to heal for three months to allow an implant to be properly integrated with the bone.
Impressions taken for the implant crown. This involves placing the abutment, which is a special connection piece which secures the implant to the crown.
Placement of the implant crown
**It is important to understand that this process can take between 3-6 months depending on the individual circumstances. More time is required for healing after a tooth has been extracted.
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