Getting a dental implant? It’s more than just a one-day procedure. A dental implant is made of three different parts: the biocompatible, titanium “root” that is implanted into the jaw, the abutment that’s attached to the top of the implant, and the porcelain crown that is bonded over the abutment.
The metal implant is implanted during a surgical procedure. It can take up to six months of healing and integration with the bone before it is strong enough to support the fixed restoration on top.
Getting an Implant
Between the time we place the implant and the installation of the permanent crown, one of two things may happen. We may allow your gums to heal over the implants while they are bonding to the bone, or if possible, fit a temporary crown to your tooth. The temporary crown will be slightly, but imperceptibly smaller than the rest of your teeth, as a way to protect the implant. It will look alright, but it will not be large enough to bear bite forces.
Care for your Investment!
Getting a dental implant is a big step to improving your dental health and overall lifestyle. An implant will help the bone structure of your jaw; it can stabilize your bite and give you more confidence while chewing or talking.
Care for your new “tooth” by gently cleaning around the gums with a soft brush or soft cloth and making sure to floss. Clean especially along the gumlines, to prevent peri-implantitis (the implant form of gum disease).
When you’re ready to get your dental implants, contact Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists of Woodstock and Atlanta for comprehensive, gentle care!