There are usually three phases during the dental implant process:
First, the implant is surgically positioned into your jaw so it can act as a sturdy anchor for your new artificial teeth.
Next, as you heal, your bone will actually begin to grow around the titanium post to further lock it in place so it won’t shift in your mouth. This healing process is called osseointegration – “combines with bone” – and can take several months. During this time, Dr. Silva will often offer a temporary tooth option to fill the gap in your mouth while this process takes place.
Finally, Dr. Silva can mount the new artificial tooth or teeth on the implant. If you only need a single tooth replaced, Dr. Silva will create a customized artificial crown to match the rest of your teeth. If you need multiple teeth replaced, a bridge or dentures will be made, once again customized to blend in with the rest of your smile, and then mounted to your implant.