INSTALLING THE NEW TOOTH – STEP-BY-STEP
The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.
1: Before the procedure
The dentist completes a thorough examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2: Installing the implant
The implant is surgically installed. Most surgeons use local anesthesia. Patients are often surprised to learn that the procedure is often shorter than preparing a tooth for a crown. In some cases, a fixed temporary tooth may be provided that allows you function almost immediately. In other cases, a temporary removable appliance may be used to esthetically fill the space. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Impression for the new crown
After the titanium implant has integrated into jaw bone, the dentist will take an impression or “mold” of the implant in relation to the other teeth and jaws. He will also record the appropriate shade of the teeth to match the new crown. This information will be sent to the dental laboratory, where the new “tooth” is made custom to your mouth. This usually takes two to three weeks.
4: Attachment of the final crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.