The dental implant process

Phase 1
First, the implant is placed in the jaw, the procedure is normally possible with local anaesthetic. The dental implant then needs to integrate fully with the jaw bone. This process usually takes between 6- 8 weeks. It is possible to wear temporary dentures or bridges during the healing period.

Phase 2
Once the jaw has healed, impressions can then be taken and sent off to the laboratory to construct a custom-made crown or bridge that matches the natural teeth. Following this, your new replacement teeth are attached to the implant.

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What are the benefits of dental implants

Until fairly recently, traditional dentures and bridges were the only options for replacing missing teeth. Some people can’t comfortably wear dentures. They’re painful, they don’t remain in place, and they can cause embarrassing clicking noises when you eat, speak or laugh.

Traditional bridges can cause the bone in that area to recede, possibly destabilizing the adjacent teeth, and increasing the risk of periodontal disease to those teeth. The dental implant has none of these disadvantages.

Improved techniques and advances in the materials used for implants have made the permanent dental implant a better alternative for many people.

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