Teeth replacement options vary, but dental implants can provide a range of benefits. Whether you need one tooth or multiple teeth replaced, dental implants are an ideal solution.
The process starts with your dentist assessing your mouth, gums and jaw to determine if you’re a good candidate. Your jaw needs to be strong and have good bone density to support the implant. Once we have determined if you are a good candidate for an implant, the first stage is to place the implant into the site (or sites if you’re getting multiple teeth replaced).
Each implant site needs time to heal to ensure the implant is firmly secured to the bone. This healing time usually takes around three months. During this time, we put a cover, called a ‘healing cap’ or ‘abutment,’ over the implant. If possible, we’ll also put a temporary tooth in place.
After three months, the implant is reviewed, and we then prepare and take impressions of the area to create a crown that the implant will support. The implant-supported crown is fitted into the mouth and secured tightly, giving you full function and the appearance of natural-looking teeth.
It is important to keep the gum around your implant and crown clean and healthy, so daily flossing and brushing in addition to regular maintenance from your dentist or hygienist is a must.