Simply speaking, dental implants are manufactured artificial posts acting as “tooth roots” which are installed into the jawbone. Usually made from biocompatible titanium, the jawbone naturally grows into the metal to create a strong anchor for your new tooth or teeth. This fusing process takes four to six months. When ready, complete permanent crowns are attached to a special screw or “abutment” in the top of the post and encourages a healthy gum shape. During the healing period, depending on your needs and which tooth it is, you will wear specially fitting dentures or temporary crowns attached in a way which sculps the optimal gum shape but keeps pressure off the healing implant. Dr. Duffy will discuss any considerations such as diet with you, which may impact your final decision about your temporary teeth during your healing period.