Following oral surgery for dental implants, the patient will require a permanent dental restoration once the jawbone has grown around the implant. This is needed to complete the replacement of the missing tooth or teeth. First, the dentist will make a small incision in the gum to reveal the implant post. Next, a small metal connector, known as an abutment, will be attached to the post to hold the restoration in place. Lastly, the permanent restoration is custom fabricated and affixed to the abutment. If you’re in need of a dental restoration, know that there are several varying types available. This includes crowns, fixed bridges, and dentures. Your dentist will help you determine which option is best for you.
Ideally, your new restorations will not only look great, but also make smiling, eating, and speaking feel completely natural. You should undergo regular exams to ensure the dental implant and restoration is holding up properly.