DENTAL IMPLANTS - The Implant Process
The implant process is a three step procedure. The
first two steps are surgical. The third step involves
making and attaching your new teeth.
STEP 1: Your First Surgery
During your first surgery, the surgical specialist places
the implants in your jawbone. Much of the success
of the entire implant process depends on how tightly
your jawbone grows around the implants (osseointergration).
You can help the implants "take hold" by avoiding
pressure on your jaw and keeping your gums and
jaw especially clean over the next three to six
STEP 2: Your Second Surgery
You're ready for your second surgery when your jawbone
has firmly healed around the implants, usually
three to six months after placement. This procedure
attaches the abutments that join the implants
and the prosthesis. In some cases, your surgical
specialist may put temporary abutments into position,
replacing them with permanent ones later.
STEP 3: Making and Fitting Your New Teeth
Dr. Hong begins making your prosthesis when your gums
have healed around the abutments, usually two
to four weeks after surgery. Several visits may
be spent analyzing the new structure of your mouth.
Then, it may take several more weeks or months
to create the prosthesis.
You'll have several "trial fits" before the prosthesis
is finally attached to the abutments. With a fixed
prosthesis, this fitting process may take a little
longer. Once the prosthesis is in your mouth,
Dr. Hong will make any final adjustments necessary
to provide you with a pain-free, stable bite.
You may be told to avoid eating hard or crunchy
foods for a few weeks after your prosthesis is
Caring For Your New Teeth
Once your dental implant is in place, You can chew
in comfort and smile with confidence again. Your
new teeth can serve you well for many years if
you keep your mouth health and take care of your
implants. This means taking the time to clean
all your teeth regularly and keeping appointments
with your dental specialist.
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