The dental work needed to complete your treatment is typically very complicated. New teeth must be made and customized to fit your smile. This begins with impressions being made of your mouth. “Bite records” are also created to demonstrate the relationship between upper and lower jaws. This information is all essential for making the abutments, which are the connective pieces that attach your implants to the replacement teeth.
There are various types of abutments that we might use, including “off the shelf” abutments. Other times, custom abutments must be made of gold or tooth-colored ceramic material. Naturally, customized abutments can look better but also add to the overall cost of your treatment.
The total number of appointments you will need, along with the duration of each appointment, can vary from patient to patient. Patients with fewer implants may require fewer total appointments. The important thing is that the dental restoration process is completed with precision and attention to detail. Those who have a permanent denture placed on their implants will likely need five or more total appointments. These appointments are crucial to making your new teeth, as well as the custom support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that will secure your teeth to the implants.