For patients who have one or more missing permanent teeth, our doctor may recommend dental implants. Dental implants are made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone, where it acts as replacement tooth roots. The dental restoration, which can be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures, is attached to the implant post.
To place a dental implant, our dentists will first surgically place the implant post into the bone socket of the missing tooth. During the healing process, which can take from six to twelve weeks, the jawbone will grow around the implant post. This anchors the implant post in place and makes it a permanent part of your smile. An abutment, a small connector post, is attached to the titanium implant post. Impressions are taken of your mouth so that your dental restoration can be constructed. When your restoration is complete, it is attached to the abutment.
Your dental implant will last for many years, or even a lifetime. We invite you to contact Blue Ridge Dentistry today in Boone, North Carolina to learn if dental implants are for you and to schedule your next appointment.