When we discover a toothache, our first inclination is to go to the dentist to fix the pain. In all honesty, if the pain could go away, we probably wouldn’t even bother making the appointment. Unfortunately, in order to fix the flawed tooth, a dental implant may be the ideal solution. But, what exactly entails a dental implant procedure?
Dental implant treatment is usually a three-part process and takes several months to complete. It is important that patients are well informed of all procedures offered to them, how they work and take you through the implant process step-by-step:
Step one. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw. The top of the implant will be slightly above the top of the bone. To prevent debris and gum tissue from entering, a screw is inserted. The gum is placed over the implant for about 3 -6 months. The implant needs this time to fuse with the bone.
Step two. The implant is uncovered, and a post is attached to the implant. In some cases, the implant and post are both placed in the mouth during step one. Once the gum tissue is healed the implant and post are ready for the new tooth.
Step three. A crown is made that will match your other teeth. Once the crown is made, it is attached to the implant post. You now have an artificial replacement tooth that doesn’t need to be removed for soaking and cleaning and no adhesives needed, as with dentures. Your new implant acts and looks just like a real tooth.
To learn more about dental implants, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.