What is involved in getting dental implants?
Getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of your jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone, where it will be allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, you may need a second surgery to place the “post” that holds the artificial tooth in place. With some implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time. After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be needed, this step may take one or two months to complete. After a period of healing, the artificial teeth are attached securely to the implant, giving excellent stability and comfort. You will be given care instructions after your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help your new implant to last.