Why do I not get a tooth on my implant straight away?
After the implant is placed in the jawbone, it is left to heal for three to six months. This gives the titanium implant, with its biocompatible properties, time to integrate with your own bone and become a permanent anchor for your crown.
If your missing tooth is visible in your smile line we can issue you with a temporary crown made from a lighter material until the time when your permanent porcelain crown is fitted.
When do I get a tooth on my implant?
After a three to six month period, integration will be checked and, when found suitably stable, an abutment will be placed. A mould of your mouth is then taken for your crown to be fabricated to ensure an exact fit.
Once the laboratory has crafted your implant crown, it will be secured to the abutment, giving you a natural looking and comfortable smile.
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What happens next?
After the implant tooth is installed, it is still essential to return to your dentist for regular check-ups. Dental implants should be cared for through thorough brushing and flossing just like real teeth. While implant tooth cannot get a cavity, poor oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis. Dental implants can last a long time if you look after them properly, read more about implant maintenance here.
Frequently asked questions
Implant procedures are often straight forward. You will be given all the information you need during your consultation. That said, there are still a lot of questions to ask. Read our FAQs for peace of mind.
To book a consultation to continue your dental implant treatment in CARE Dentistry in Sydney, call us on (02)9415 2777.