Dental implants are an appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They give an alternative to other treatments like bridges and does not require additional teeth to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone and will be done by a specialist. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. Depending on the circumstance, you can have a temporary crown placed on the implant or a flipper made so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration by a lab in Mississippi. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restor ation permanently.