Have you lost one or multiple teeth? Are you searching for a tooth replacement that is strong, natural looking, and permanent? If so, dental implants might be just what your smile needs. The process for getting a dental implant includes three main steps:
- First, the implant post is surgically implanted in the jawbone. This ensures that your restoration is stable by replacing the missing tooth root. During a period of healing, the bone tissues bond with the biocompatible implant to form a strong foundation.
- The second step is the placement of the abutment. This is a small attachment that sits on top of the implant post.
- Finally, our dentist attaches the implant restoration. This replaces the crown (the portion of the tooth visible above the gums). Based on which teeth are missing, Dr. Lake Garner & Dr. Margaret Nichols may recommend a dental bridge, a dental crown, a partial denture, or a complete denture as your implant restoration.
Implants are designed to be permanent tooth replacements; with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Implant dentistry is a versatile choice that can be used to replace a single missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or a complete arch of missing teeth. To learn more about the advantages of dental implants in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, we welcome you to contact Garner & Nichols Dental today.