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Dental Implants Procedure

If you’re looking for a great resource to learn how dental implants work, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to see the essential information we’ve compiled about this process.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

The implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the bone and function as tooth root substitutes. However, only the root of the missing tooth is replaced by the implant. To numb your gums and bones, we use local anesthesia. The implant is gently inserted into the bone, where it will undergo the osseointegration process.

The bone develops into the implant’s surface and takes about 6 weeks to 4 months to grow, depending on the bone’s state. During this healing phase, the implants are sometimes submerged beneath the gums. Sometimes, they are left exposed flush with the gums. 

A second procedure to expose the implant once it has integrated with the bone will be required if the implants are submerged. If the implant is not submerged, the prosthetic phase can begin once osseointegration is complete. Often, a single tooth can be replaced in three visits and only takes 8-12 weeks.

How Are Dental Implants Restored?

Your dentist will make the replacement teeth that are held in place by the dental implants. Depending on the sort of restoration, this will take various lengths of time. Before beginning treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you. It’s possible that your implant restoration will be cemented or screwed into place. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a group of teeth, or a whole arch of teeth. A loose denture can also be secured with implants.

How Are Dental Implants Restored?

Like your natural teeth, dental implants will require the same level of care and maintenance if you want to get the most out of them over many years. Brushing and flossing are still necessary at home to keep your implant clean and plaque-free. After flossing, an oral irrigator (i.e., Waterpik®) is strongly suggested. Professional maintenance is also required several times a year. We’ll work together with your dentist to create a maintenance plan tailored to your specific needs.

Dental Implant Treatment