Before and After
• Implant placement: The dentist surgically places the implant into the jaw.
• Healing: The bone grows around the implant and holds the implant in place. This can take up to several months.
• Replacing your missing teeth: The abutment, then a crown, bridge or denture will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. Once completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the implant posts.
Steps of Implant Placement
Steps of Implant Surgery
Implants are not invincible!
Just like your natural teeth, implants can last for many years if you take good care of them every day. But, you can still experience problems with implants if they are not properly maintained.
This may lead to implant infection and inflammation — known as peri-implantitis. This can cause your implant to become loose or shift because the bacteria and soft tissue is preventing your jaw bone from growing around the abutment.
Bone Loss and Gum Recession
If the infection is not treated, it could spread to other parts of your mouth and your implant may need to be removed and/or replaced.