Dr. Curles C. Colbert Restores Smiles with Dental Implants in Farmington Hills and Detroit, MI
Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth due to disease, decay or injury, dental implants offer an attractive solution for filling the gaps in your smile. Although there are alternative options for restoring your smile, including bridges or dentures, these options can require work to additional teeth or are not permanent fixtures in the mouth. Dental implants, on the other hand, look and feel natural, and Dr. Curles C. Colbert can use them to restore your smile in Farmington Hills and Detroit, MI.
The implant process can take between three to six months to complete, and the first step is to implant a titanium screw in the jawbone through an incision in the gums. This screw serves as your replacement tooth root and keeps your jaw from deteriorating or changing shape. Once the screw is in place, the gums are sutured and the bone is left to heal around the implant. The healing process is called osseointegration, and while it takes place over the next several months, you may receive a temporary crown for easier speaking and eating.
When the implant has healed, Dr. Colbert will install the abutment, which acts as the foundation upon which your permanent crown is placed. An impression is taken of your tooth once the abutment is in place, and the permanent crown is custom made to give you a complete smile that looks and functions like a natural tooth.