Over the years, dentistry has only become more and more advanced. This means that modern solutions are increasingly being utilized to solve some of the most common problems Americans deal with every day, one of them being tooth loss. The fact is at least 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and solutions like dental implants work to restore the entire tooth, not just the visible crown. To learn exactly how it gets done, keep reading or schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Kirby today!
Over the next four to six months, your implant will slowly integrate with your jawbone tissue. This process, known as osseointegration, is what gives your tooth replacement the long-lasting bond that it needs to remain stable through daily use. After the integration is complete, we can attach the abutment to the implant so that your permanent restoration has a proper foundation. After a few more weeks of healing occurs, in this case the gum tissue healing around the implant and abutment, we can place the final restoration(s).
During the final phase of your treatment, we’ll begin the process of designing and fabricating your permanent restoration. Whether it’s a single tooth you intend to replace or a full arch of teeth, your next restoration will be made with natural-looking porcelain and acrylic materials. At your final appointment, we’ll attach the implant-retained restoration to your implant and make sure that it remains even with the rest of your bite. We’ll also make any adjustments as needed, if for any reason your replacement tooth (or teeth) do not feel comfortable, we’ll take the necessary steps to modify it until it feels right.