Dental implants have become the tooth replacement option of choice among those who have lost one or more of their natural teeth. At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, we offer single and multiple dental implants.
A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into your jaw bone. They are usually made of titanium. Within a few months the post has fused with the bone: it has literally become part of you. It is meant to act as a replacement tooth root.
Strictly speaking, placing a dental implant in your jaw is surgery. It is relatively minor, though. In fact, most people are able to resume their normal activities the next day.
The implant process is usually done in two phases, and the entire thing takes, on average, six to nine months.
The first phase is the actual placement. A local anesthesia or mild form of sedation is usually enough to keep you comfortable.
- An incision is made in your gums to access the bone.
- A special drill makes a space for the implant, like a guide hole.
- The implant is screwed into place; a second, temporary part fits on top.
- Your gums are closed.
As with any surgical procedure there is likely to be some discomfort afterward. We’ll prescribe any necessary medication for this.
The second phase comes after healing is complete. A permanent abutment is fitted to the titanium post, and finally, the articial tooth is attached to that.
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Whether it is a single or multiple tooth replacement, dental implants from name of practice look and function like real teeth. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!