An implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone. Once the implant has healed, a crown, bridge or denture can be attached to it. Commonly used in the United States for more than 20 years, implant placement is a very successful, predictable procedure. Dr. Wright works with a surgeon to coordinate the placement. After the titanium implant has fully integrated into the bone, which usually takes three to six months, she restores the tooth with either a crown or bridge, or uses it to attach a removable denture.
Poor health, smoking and uncontrolled diabetes increase the risk of complications and thus, may prohibit candidacy for implants. Once an implant is integrated, its success rate is very high. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are all necessary care for implants, just like with natural teeth.
What to expect after an implant is placed
Most patients only experience mild discomfort after an implant is placed. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on what to expect and how to care for your newly placed implant. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask Dr. Wright or your surgeon.