If you’re dealing with missing teeth and want to get dental implants in the Wausau area, you’re probably wondering what the procedure looks like.
Specifically, will you have to go without teeth for a while? Well, the short answer is: not necessarily.
Keep reading to get the long answer:
Dental implants are artificial teeth made from three distinct elements:
The implant surgery involves making an incision into your jaw and inserting the titanium post. After that, you will enter a healing phase known as osseointegration. During it, the jaw bone and gums will fuse to the implant, keeping it firmly in place.
Since the titanium post is the foundation of the entire implant, patients can’t receive the abutment or crown until the area is fully healed. Otherwise, you can risk implant failure.
Patients aren't too excited when learning that dental implant procedures span such a long period of time, especially if your implant is replacing one of your front teeth.
But there are some temporary solutions you can opt for to complete your smile until your implant surgery site heals.
These can include:
Dr. Skutak can help you determine which of these options works best for you.
Whether you get a temporary tooth replacement or not, you can stick to the implant healing timeline by:
Lisa M. Skutak, DDS, can provide more personalized care tips to help you support dental implant healing.
But first, you should find out if you’re a good candidate for these artificial teeth.