How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants can be confusing. There are several different pieces, and not all of the pieces are used at one time. If you aren’t a dental professional, it can be complicated trying to figure out all of the different pieces and the sequence of the entire process.
A straightforward dental implant procedure to replace a missing tooth takes three to four months.
First, you will have the dental implant placed into your bone. The implant is made out of titanium with a special coating on the outside that fuses to your bone. It takes about three months for your bone to fuse to the outside of the implant and make it solid. During these three months, it will appear as if you don’t have a tooth in that area. We can make you a temporary device that has a fake tooth so people won’t know you are missing a tooth.
After three months of healing, we will take an impression of the area to make a crown for you. The crown is the part of the tooth that you can see and will use to chew. The fabrication of the crown typically takes two to three weeks. There is one more piece to an implant system. It is a connector between the implant and the crown.
We are now placing implants at our office. This will save you both time and money compared to going to a specialist. If you would like more information or would like to see if you are a candidate for dental implants, please give us a call at (330) 725-9851.