Dental implants can be the best solution to restore your smile if you are missing teeth. Dr. Chung will evaluate your dental health and dental implant candidacy to make sure this is the correct treatment for you.
Once you have chosen implant therapy, your dentist will guide you through the stages of receiving your dental implants. For a free consultation, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 today.
Implanting the Root
During the first stage of receiving your implant, your dentist will perform surgery to implant a small titanium cylinder into your jawbone beneath your gum tissue. During the healing period, your jawbone will attach to the implant and grow around it to firmly support the titanium.
Your gums will need about three to six months to heal for the next stage. You can expect swelling in your gums around the area of implant for four or five days following surgery, and your gums may be discolored as they heal.
Adding the Abutment
Cosmetic dentistry for missing teeth can seem like a lengthy process, but the improved look and function of your smile will be worth it. Three to six months after your implant surgery, your dentist will attach abutments to your implants. Dr. Chung will open your gum tissue to examine your implants for firmness and integration with the jawbone. Then he will attach the abutments, extension posts, to the implants and cover them with a protective cap.
The dentist will either place surgical packing or your old dentures enhanced with a soft lining over the abutments. This will help your gums heal and lessen your discomfort during the healing process. Dr. Chung will give you instruction on how to keep the abutments clean while your gums are healing.
Attaching the Replacement Teeth
Several days after the dentist attaches the abutments to your implants, you will need to visit Dr. Chung's office so he can begin customizing your replacement teeth, also called a prosthesis. The dentist will take impressions of your mouth to create a model that will be used to make your prosthesis.
You may have a few fittings to ensure that the replacement teeth fit well in your mouth. The dentist will attach your new artificial teeth to the abutments with small screws.
Dental implant healing time varies by patient. During the first year after your implants are complete, you will need to make regular follow-up visits with your dentist in one- to six-month intervals to ensure that your implants fit well and are working satisfactorily.