Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. 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 place the implant itself into the jaw bone. This is done by a periodontal specialist that Dr. Healy has worked with on numrous cases. 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 several sutures are placed to assist with proper healing..
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 for your smile.
After healing has occurred, Dr. Healy will “restore” the implant by doing all the necessary dental work above the gumline. Several appointments over the course of a few weeks will be needed as Dr. Healy works with the best labs to contruct the dental work that will provided a beautiful, natural looking smile.