A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth that is surgically implanted in your jaw bone, preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of position. Dental implants are customized to precisely fit you and can be used to replace one or all your teeth. Dr. Levit will provide a thorough consultation to determine if dental implants are the best option to replace your teeth.
Dental implants are alternatives to dentures and are often preferred because the post promotes healthy bone growth and development, the same way a natural tooth would, ensuring your jaw is strong enough to support the remaining natural teeth as well as the implants.
If dental implants are the best solution for you, the first step is to ensure that your jaw has enough bone and is strong enough to support the implants. If so, the implantation process has a few steps.
First, Dr. Levit implants the titanium post or posts in your jaw. You will wait a few weeks while the posts bond with your jaw and gums. Titanium has unique biocompatible properties that make it a common choice for implants and prosthetics.
When your implant posts have settled, Dr. Levit fits abutments and temporary crowns to the posts. You’ll wear these temporary crowns while crowns that are custom-made for you are being crafted.
Then, when your crowns are ready, Dr. Levit will remove the temporary crowns and place your custom crowns. He will polish the crowns until they shine just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are easy to take care of; you just brush and floss like you do your natural teeth. You’ll also need to schedule regular dental checkups. Even though the crowns aren’t vulnerable to decay, Dr. Levit will still monitor your oral health to make sure that your gums and jaw stay healthy.
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