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Implant Restorations

Dental implant restorations refer to crowns, bridges and dentures which are either cemented, screwed or snapped onto dental implants.  An impression of the implant is taken, allowing the dental laboratory to fabricate the implant restoration.

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. Implants consist of titanium posts, topped with artificial restorations. The posts are surgically placed in the jawbone to function as a tooth "root.” The posts extend from the jawbone through the gums, and are topped with restorations, such as crowns or bridges, that resemble natural teeth both in appearance and function.

After the implant post surgery, the implant posts need to heal for approximately three to six months. During this healing period, the titanium post fuses with your jawbone to provide a solid foundation on which to place the artificial tooth restoration. Once the implant post has successfully integrated into the jawbone, and the area is healed, Dr. Herod or Dr. Gillespie will begin work on your restoration. They may suggest placing a crown, or perhaps a bridge, depending on your needs. Dental implants can even anchor a full or partial set of dentures.