Receiving a dental implant requires a number of steps that take place over a period of several months. Typically, the first step is a dental exam performed by Dr. Harlow at our Charlotte, NC dental practice. He will be able to assess whether or not your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants without further treatment such as bone grafting.
Once you are approved for dental implants, your dentist will start by placing the dental implant's titanium post directly into the jawbone during a routine surgical procedure. You should experience only mild discomfort during your recovery time.
What will the recovery phase be like?
Your jawbone will need to heal for approximately three months, although the recovery period sometimes lasts as long as six months. During this time, the implant will permanently integrate into place. After the healing process is complete, your dentist will place the abutment onto the implant. This is where the replacement for the visible portion of the tooth — the dental crown — will be attached. At this point, if your jawbone is completely healed, the dental crown is attached to the abutment, and the surgical steps are completed.
Dental implants are considered the best replacement for missing teeth, and with proper care, you can expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime.
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