The Dental Implants Healing Process
Dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth. The treatment is made up of a three-step process and simply cannot be completed overnight. Follow this simple guide to understanding the full healing process.
Dental implant process
Dental implant treatment is carried out in three steps.
The implant made up of medical grade titanium is inserted into the gum to replace the missing tooth root. During the healing process, this implant will fuse with the jaw bone to create a stable post replicating a natural tooth and restoring the original function.
Next, an abutment is attached to the titanium implant. This will connect the underlying implant with the crown or restoration replacing the visible tooth. Abutments are generally also made from titanium but can also be made from porcelain or gold.
The final step is the attachment of the crown or restoration. This replacement will restore the function and appearance of the missing tooth. This is a result of the crowns resemblance to a natural tooth and the strength of the post to produce an authentic restoration. Steps 2 and 3 can often both be performed at the same appointment.
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Dental implants healing process
Unfortunately, all three steps cannot be performed in one day. In order to have a lasting solution, it is necessary to allow healing time between steps 1 and 2 to give your body time to adjust to the implant.
Step one requires Dr Burhaan Kassim to surgically insert the post into the jawbone in the space left by the missing tooth. After this surgery, you will be required to wait approximately 3 months for the bone to fuse with the titanium implant. This will ensure the gum has completely healed and the post will be strong enough to support the incoming abutment and crown. The healing time will be varied from case to case and will depend whether the implant has been placed on the top or bottom jaw. Generally, implants in the lower jaw will require less healing tim compared with the upper jaw.
After this healing time, Dr Burhaan Kassim will assess whether you are ready for the second phase of the treatment, which involves taking an impression of the implant and constructing your prosthesis (either crown, bridge or dentures). A final appointment will then be arranged to have these attached to your implants.
If you are ready to receive your long-term tooth replacement solution, or would like to find out more information about the healing process, contact Southside Dental Implants today.