What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process?
The healing period allows the implant time to fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root in the mouth. In order for the implant to remain sturdy, and provide the required support, the patient must have enough bone present in the jaw. If necessary, bone grafts can be done to provide the additional support that is needed.
Once the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office to complete the implant process. An abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant, and this holds the crown securely in place. Custom crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be necessary until patients return to have the permanent crown installed.
Dr. Nate Lester
Dr. Luke Lester Owens
Born and raised in Wyoming, Dr. Owens earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He completed his dental training at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Owens continues to love to learn and takes a variety of continuing education courses covering a wide variety of dental topics. Bear River Dental is Dr. Owens’ second family. He is grateful to be surrounded by such a great team and enjoys working with everyone in the practice.