If you have a missing tooth, dental implants are one way to permanently restore the look of your natural smile. A dental implant is a titanium rod that is implanted into your jawbone, providing a secure foundation for a new artificial tooth.
While the procedure to insert a dental implant can be time-consuming, it’s well worth the wait. Dental implants typically take about three to six months to complete. First, your dentist will place the implant into your jawbone. This will need to heal completely before your next appointment, which can take a few months. You’ll have a temporary crown during this time so you can still eat and speak normally.
After that, an abutment is fixed to the implant to serve as a base for your new tooth, and the artificial tooth will be created. This process can take several weeks, but once your new tooth is ready, you can return to your dentist to have it attached. This part of the process is pain-free, and you can use your new tooth immediately afterward.
To learn more about dental implants and ask if they’re right for you, make an appointment with one of our dentists today!