Fixing a missing tooth with dental implants

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Step 1: Extracting the existing tooth.
Before any implant can be inserted, the damaged tooth must be removed. This is done by an oral surgeon in the office can require two or more months of recovery.

Step 2: Will you need a bone graft?
Sometimes a bone graft is needed. An oral surgeon will determine where to graft bone from on your body to ensure your jaw can support an implant.

Step 3: Inserting the implant
The process begins with surgery to prepare the jaw for insertion of the implant. Once inserted, a temporary cover screw or healing cap is put in place.

Step 4: Recovering from surgery
Recovery from implant surgery can take anywhere from 3-6 months. During this time, bone cells fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration.

Step 5: Attaching the abutment
After recovery is complete, a more minor surgical procedure is done with the abutment added to the implant. Recovery from this procedure can take up to two weeks.

Step 6: Affixing the crown
Once the gums have healed, the crown is then screwed or cemented onto the abutment.

Step 7: Maintaining your implant
It’s important to maintain your usual dental hygiene routine throughout all phases of the implant process to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

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