Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are titanium posts that act very similarly to tooth roots. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Sometimes immediately, but usually after 4-5 months of healing, small posts called abutments are attached to the dental implant. These abutments come up through the gum and are the support for the crown or bridge that is planned for you.
For the first 4-5 months, your dental implants are healing into place. The bone is attaching to the dental implants and forming a strong bond. You will have some form of temporary teeth or removable appliance to eat with while you wait for the healing to take place. In the next phase of treatment, your implants are uncovered, and a healing cap is placed to form the gum tissue around the implant. This will take approximately one additional month. A new temporary bridge or crown will be made which now connects directly to your new implant.
Dr. Apsey will then start making your new teeth. He will make an impression of your abutments. The teeth replacements are then made over the abutments. The entire process spans six to eight months. Most patients can carry on a normal life during this process.