A dental implant provides a permanent replacement for a missing tooth lost in an accident or due to another dental problem. Missing teeth can affect speech by making pronunciation of some words difficult, and can make biting into and chewing food difficult. Visible gaps from missing teeth can make you feel too embarrassed to smile. In situations like this, a dental implant is a great dental procedure to consider.

The dental implant itself is a mental screw, typically made of titanium. It provides an anchor in the jaw to which a crown, or artificial tooth, can be attached. Placement of a dental implant takes some time to complete and the procedure is in two phases.

Dental implant procedure

The first phase of the procedure is installation of the implant. An incision is made through the gum and the implant is placed into the jawbone and sutured over.

It takes about three to six months for the implant to heal completely, and during this period osseointegration takes place. This is the fusion of the jawbone and the implant. Once the implant and jawbone fuse, they will be almost impossible to tell apart.

While the implant is healing, a temporary crown can be placed so you will be able to eat and talk normally without the discomfort of a missing tooth.

The second phase of the procedure begins after the implant has healed, when the implant is uncovered and the permanent crown is attached to it.

Once this is done, you will have your radiant smile back again. A dental implant looks just like a natural tooth and no one will notice you have an implant.

Implants must be cared for with regular flossing, brushing and routine checkups just like the rest of your teeth.

Call us at(206) 623-3371 if you have questions about dental implants or think they might be right for you.

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