A dental implant procedure consists of three main phases:
- Ensuring proper bone density.
- Placing the artificial tooth root – the dental implant.
- Placing the tooth crown above the dental implant.
Implant dentistry procedures typically take place over several months, depending on the circumstances of your treatment. In a traditional dental implant procedure, you may wear a temporary crown for a few months, while the artificial root fuses to bone under your gums. If you are having dentures attached to dental implants, the dentures can often be attached at the same time the mini implants are placed.
Replacing missing teeth is important to the function, comfort and health of your mouth. Dental implants prevent bone deterioration and promote proper bite alignment. Unfortunately, many people with missing teeth are fearful of dental implant placement. A typical placement is painless; the treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic, and you may be mildly sedated if you prefer.
After your dental implant and permanent tooth crown are placed, you will enjoy a long-term tooth replacement enabling you to chew, speak and smile comfortably.