One of the most advantageous things about implants is their ability to function just like a real tooth. You can floss around them and clean them as you would your natural teeth. They are so close to a natural tooth, that most patients can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implant.
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The implant process involves placing the implant in the bone and allowing it to heal for several months undisturbed. Once the bone has adequately integrated into and around the implant post, a crown is placed on top to give it full function.
To place an implant, a small incision is made in the gum and the dental implant is then placed in the bone. If there isn’t enough bone to provide a foundation for the implant, a bone graft may be needed to help support it.
After the implant is placed, a healing cap is put over the implant so it stays clean. While the gums will heal in 1-2 weeks, the implant itself will require several months to heal. This allows the jaw bone to bond with the implant through a process called osseointegration.
The final step of an implant procedure is the crown placement. An impression is made of the implant abutment and a crown is made to blend perfectly with the rest of your teeth. After it’s cemented into place, you can eat, drink, brush, and floss like normal.
To be a good candidate for an implant, you should: