Made from titanium alloy, dental implants are screw-like posts that function as artificial tooth roots. If you’re missing a tooth, our Ada, MI, dentists can surgically embed an implant into the jawbone and place a dental crown on top to produce a natural-looking result. Because of how they’re inserted, there’s no risk of the implant slipping or needing special care besides regular brushing and flossing.
Here’s what you need to know about the dental implant procedure.
Before moving forward with any form of tooth replacement, dental implants included, our dentists will need to fully examine your mouth. We’ll look at how many teeth you’re missing, the condition of your other teeth, and whether or not you may need a dental bone graft prior to implantation.
During the procedure, our dentists will numb the area prior to making an incision in the gums and placing the dental implant in your jaw. Once the implant is embedded, it’ll fuse to the bone over several months during a natural process called osseointegration.
When osseointegration is complete, one of our dentists will place an abutment (connector) piece and a permanent dental crown over top.
Together, the implant, abutment, and crown will give you the look and function of a natural tooth. The implantation process does take time to complete from start to finish but many patients argue that the end result is worth the investment. Much of this time is dedicated to waiting for the jawbone to heal and fuse around the implanted metal post before the crown can be added.
Missing teeth can be a thing of the past with dental implants from our team at Norman Family Dentistry. Overall, they’re a great solution for patients who may not be the biggest fan of full or partial dentures. Call our dental implant dentists in Ada, MI, today at (616) 676-9177 to request an appointment.
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