For most patients, the placement of dental implants is a straightforward and fairly predictable predictable surgical procedure. In most cases the crown is not placed on the implant immediately so the implant can gradually bond with the jawbone. This makes them more durable and more like your own natural teeth. During this time you may wear an interim partial or denture so you can still eat and drink and talk while waiting for your implants to heal. These temporary teeth you wear during the healing phase will enable you to function normally.
After the implants have fully integrated to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our team of dental professionals will once again work to prepare you for the next stage where they will uncover the implants and attach the abutment. The small posts or abutments, are attached to the implant above the gum line enabling a support for the final crown. When the porcelain crown is placed, the abutment will not be seen. The dental crown will be placed on top of the abutment, giving you the look of a full set of natural teeth.
The entire process will typically take approximately 6 months from start to finish and you will have implants that are as strong and realistic looking as your natural teeth. Because of the success of the process and the level of care taken during the procedure, the use of dental implants for improved health is continuing to grow as more and more people are discovering why dental implants are so popular.