During surgery lo place the denial implant, we will make a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant made of titanium will be placed. Since the post will serve as the tooth root, it's implanted deep into the bone.
At this point, you’ll still have a gap where your tooth is missing. Usually, a type of partial, temporary denture can be placed for appearance. You can remove this denture for cleaning and while you sleep.
Waiting for bone growth
Once the titanium implant post is placed in your jawbone, Osseo integration (oss-ee-oh-intuh-GRAY-shun) begins. During this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This process, which can take up to six months, helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth - just as roots do for your natural teeth.
Placing the abutment
When Osseo integration is complete, we place the abutment.
To place the abutment:
- * We reopen your gum to expose the dental implant.
- * The abutment is attached to the dental implant.
- * The gum tissue is then closed around, but not over, the abutment.