Nowadays, the dental implants are a standard of treatment to replace missing or extracted teeth. They cay be used as a single component to restore a single missing tooth, as anchors for the bridges or to improve the retention of the dentures. In case of one single missing tooth they are better than other alternatives like bridge or partial denture because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process requires a timeline over the course of a 6-9 months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself. A titanium screw (root like shape made of over 99% titanium) is placed into the jaw bone. The bone is exposed and using a surgical guide and specific drills the implant is inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months or more to heal, depending on the quality of your bone. During this time the jaw bone will fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary appliance (partial/complete denture ,crown) installed so that you can function almost normal.
The restorative part is done after the implant has healed. An abutment is placed on the implant and this will be the base for the crown. An impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Sometime the crown is done in our office in Kelowna, but other time will have to send to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed will be cemented in your mouth . With the new restoration you will feel comfortable and you will enjoy your new smile.