After careful placement of the pilot hole, it is carefully and slowly widened until it reaches the desired diameter in order to properly support the implant screw, much like a carpenter would do with a screw hole in wood. Once the screw is securely in place the gum tissue is secured over the implant, which will eventually heal into place and protect the base of the screw. Next, a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the site to heal and to make sure the bone accepts the screw as if it were a natural tooth root. This is essential if the implant is going to properly function. In order for the next step to take place, a dentist will usually allow up to six months of healing to ensure the implant will function properly.
After this time period, the dentist will uncover the implant and attach an abutment to the implant which will eventually hold the crown in place. Once in place, the abutment will secure a temporary crown until the permanent crown is ready. Once the permanent crown or tooth-like replacement is in place, the procedure is complete, resulting in a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth. For further information please contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado today.