Over the last 20 years dental implants have become a popular and safe way to replace a lost tooth.
The procedure itself is usually done on an outpatient basis. During the procedure your oral surgeon creates a narrow channel in the bone. They will then screw a titanium abutment into the channel. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically safe, strong and resistant to corrosion. Over time it will actually bond with the bone material itself creating a very strong anchor.
When the procedure is completed the oral surgeon will place a temporary cap over the abutment to protect it. The amount of time it takes for your gums to heal will vary depending on a number of factors including age, general health and quality aftercare at home.
After your gums and jawbone have healed, your dentist will schedule an appointment to fit a crown over your abutment. The final crown and implant is very durable. With twice daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, your new implant can last for many years to come.
If you have questions about the dental implant procedure or you are curious whether it might be right for you please feel free to call us at 903-710-2309 to schedule an appointment.