Chico Dentist, Dentist in Chico, CA

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are fixed prosthesis and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself, where a titanium screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth.  About 4-6 weeks of healing, it will be followed by taking impression of the abutment which will  be used to create your permanent restoration by a dental lab.  Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration. After a short period of getting used to the implant, it will feel just like one of your own teeth.

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