Dental Implantation – Procedure
Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are a fixed solution to a single missing tooth or, an entire jaw of missing teeth.
After an implant is placed into the jawbone, it is usually allowed to heal for several months to allow integration with the bone. After healing, the implant is ready for restoration.
Impressions of your mouth are made and, models are made upon which the restorations are fabricated. A post is attached to the implant using a screw. The graphic shows how the implant, post and screw attach together.
Once the post has been attached to your implant and secured into place, the implant-supported restoration can be completed.
A crown is made to attach to the post. The crown is made using metal and/or, porcelain and closely replicates the shape and colour of your natural tooth.
Once the crown has been adjusted, it is attached to the post using a screw or, it can be cemented onto the post. Implant therapy can take a few months and several appointments to complete. However, the final restoration is almost like having your tooth back!
Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.