Dental Implants in Jamestown, NC
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Implants are more efficient than alternative solutions, such as bridges, because there is no need to alter any additional teeth to replace the missing tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The process begins by placing a scew into the jaw bone where the implant will be secured. Next, an incision is made in the gums for the insertion of the implant. If needed, multiple implants can be placed at one time. Once the implant is in place, the gums are sutured.
It takes the implant 3-6 months to heal. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant through a process called osseointegration. During this healing time, a temporary crown may be installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant is healed, an abutment is placed on the implant. The abutment will serve as a base where the new tooth will be placed. An impression of the abutment is taken and used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices create this crown at an onsite lab while others outsource it to another lab. Once completed, the restoration will be permanently attached to the abutment giving the appearance of your own teeth and restoring your smile.