When it comes to replacing missing teeth, a dental implant from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro is state-of-the-art.
Most patients want to know how long the dental implant process takes. Fair enough. Every patient is different, but in most cases, the complete implant procedures take from six to eight months.
The dental implant itself is a titanium post that isinserted into your jaw. One implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full arch.
It takes about an hour to implant each post. A supporting piece called an abutment goes on top of the post, but it cannot go on right away. First, the post has to fuse with the bone.
After four to six months the implant should be strong enough to support the abutment and crown. There is often a week or two between these last few steps. But once it’s complete, the result will look and feel like a real tooth. Best of all, it will function like one too.