The loss of a permanent tooth will not only affect your appearance, but also affect your day to day life such as eating and speaking. Dental implant is a good solution to replace that missing tooth. It is a small titanium screw placed into your jawbone and it serves as the root of your new tooth. For this to work, there must be sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant. In certain situations, bone may be added with a procedure called bone grafting to aid in replacing lost bone.
After the placing of an implant, it takes 3-6 months for the it to stabilize and fuse with the bone. The second stage involves a simpler surgery, which expose the head of the implant in order to place on a healing cap. This cap guides the gum to heal without covering the head of the implant.
In about 2 weeks’ time, an abutment is screwed into the implant and an impression will be taken to customize an implant crown, which will be ready in another 1-2 weeks’ time.
Dental implants are long lasting. However, you should take proper care of your implants just like how you care for your natural teeth. It is crucial for regular implant maintenance with a dental professional and to brush and floss well daily to prevent gum infection affecting bone surrounding the implant.