If there are teeth missing in the mouth, you might benefit from implants. This is a lengthy process at times with most of the time spent healing from the implant being placed in the jaw. One of the first things that is done with bone level implants in dentistry is to have x-rays taken and an examination of the area that the dentist will work with. If there is a broken tooth or one that is abscessed, then it is usually removed at this time before the implant is placed.
The implant procedure takes place in steps. A small metal abutment is placed in the bone of the jaw. This is what will hold the new tooth and is the essential part of the implant itself. It will take time for the mouth to heal after the implant is placed. Most of the time, you will need to wait about four to six months so that the bone and tissues will be completely receptive to the implant before the other part of the procedure can begin.
At times, a temporary tooth can be placed so that you have some type of tooth there. However, it won’t be as strong as the final product. Most people simply want a temporary tooth so that there isn’t a metal rod sticking up from the jaw. If more than one tooth needs to be replaced, then a bridge is typically put in the mouth to cover the area. This is for sanitary reasons as well so that bacteria doesn’t get into the jaw surrounding the implant.
After the bone and the mouth have healed, an impression is made that will be used to make your final tooth. The tooth will then be placed on top of the implant. This tooth will be strong, similar to your natural tooth. You can eat almost anything and provide typical oral care. You will likely need to get the implant checked a few months after the procedure to ensure that it’s settling into the mouth as it should. Most of the time, the dentist can add a bit of shading to the tooth to make it look as natural as possible and like the other teeth in the mouth.