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Dr. Sung J. Hong is an American Board Certified Prosthodontist, a Fellow of the International Congress of Implantologists, and a

 

 

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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 months.

 

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 in place.

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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