You know that dental implants can restore the root and crown of a tooth, but do you know how they are placed in your jaw bone?
- We begin by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic so you feel comfortable during the procedure.
- Our dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue over the implant site in order to expose the jaw bone.
- We will drill a hole in the jaw bone and place a titanium screw there. This screw is the implant post.
- We will suture your gum tissue closed and give you after-care instructions.
- There is a break in the middle of the procedure that lasts for several months. During this time, a process called osseointegration occurs, which is where the implant post fuses to your jaw bone.
- For the second part of the procedure, we make an incision in your gum tissue to expose the implant post.
- We will attach an abutment post to the implant post. The abutment extends above the gum line.
- We will take the dental restoration (which can be a crown, bridge, or denture) and attach it over the abutment post. If you are getting a non-removable restoration, then we will cement it in place.
After the procedure is completed, you can leave our office with an improved smile. Call Garner & Nichols Dental today if you want to receive a dental implant.