Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are ideal for replacing missing teeth and are quickly becoming the standard of care in the dental industry. The entire implant process is performed by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself. A titanium screw is placed into the bone where your tooth used to be. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are allowed to heal.
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 esthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time for Dr. Day to restore the area with a new, permanent crown. A mold will be taken of your implant and surrounding teeth and sent to a lab for fabrication. It usually takes about 2 weeks for the lab to custom make your crown. The crown will be cemented to the implant and you can start using it immediately! It may take a few days to get used to having a new tooth, but your investment will really pay off in the long run!