When a patient is missing one or more permanent teeth, Dr. Jim Heck may recommend dental implants in Greenwood, Indiana. A dental implant replaces missing teeth with the use of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. Our dentist will surgically place the implant post in your jawbone, where it fuses with the bone. This makes the implant post permanent replacement tooth roots. A dental restoration is attached to the dental implant post. This restoration can be a dental crown or a dental bridge.
Our dentist will first surgically place the dental implant post in the bone socket of the missing tooth. When your jawbone heals, it will grow around the implant post, anchoring it in place. It will take about six to twelve weeks for your jawbone to heal. An abutment, a small connector post, is connected to the top of the implant post. Our dentist will then take impressions of your teeth so that your dental restoration can be constructed. When the dental restoration is complete, our dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Then the restoration is attached to the abutment.
We encourage you to contact White River Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.