Understanding the Dental Implant Treatment TimelineIf you are considering dental implants to correct your tooth loss while improving the appearance of your smile, you have made a great decision. However, the process of getting dental implants can be a long one. While the end results are well worth the time and effort that you’ll need to put into the dental implant process, it is important that you are well aware of the timeline associated with this treatment option. Remember that treatment times vary, so your individual progress and healing times will also be a factor in how quickly you move through the treatment timeline.
Your ConsultationThe first step in the process of getting dental implants is to get a consultation. Dental implants require an extensive treatment process, and implants won’t be the best option for all patients. Your consultation will allow us to examine your teeth, jaws, and gums. We will determine if your mouth is healthy enough to support the implants, and you’ll also discuss your overall health. If you are taking certain medications or have medical conditions like diabetes, this information will need to be considered when deciding if implants will be successful in your mouth.
Pre-Surgical AppointmentWe often ask our patients to come in for a pre-surgical appointment, where we take impressions of your teeth and jaw. This appointment also acts as another opportunity to address any concerns and discuss what to expect post-surgery.
Tooth ExtractionTooth extraction is not always necessary but is in some cases. Our doctors will be able to tell you whether this part of the procedure will be necessary for you.
Tooth extraction itself can vary between cases. Those with healthy bone may be able to receive their implant on the same day their natural tooth is removed. However, this is not always possible for patients that suffer bone loss or infection. In these instances, bone grafting may be required.
Bone GraftingSome patients may be a good candidate for dental implants but don’t have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant. In these situations, bone grafting may be necessary. You’ll need to take several weeks or even months to heal from this procedure before you can move on to get your implants.
PlacementThe big day has finally arrived; it’s time to have your implants placed! During the placement procedure, your dentist will drill a small hole into your gums and jawbone. The implant is then placed into the hole in the jaw. After the implant is put into place, images will be taken of the mouth to ensure that the implant has been successfully inserted into the correct position.
HealingAnyone looking into dental implant surgery is bound to wonder how long the recovery process will take, and how the surgery will affect them. We are here to help you plan for your recovery, and to teach you how to aid the healing process, There is no set recovery time that will apply to all dental implant patients, as every surgery is impacted by individual differences. Recovery time can be affected by the following:
After your implants have been put into place, you’ll need to take anywhere from three to six months to heal from the surgery. While your jaw heals, osseointergration will occur. This means that the implant will bond to and integrate with your jawbone. This is an essential piece of the process, and it is necessary for your implant to look and function like a normal tooth.
Restorations Are Placed–Completed by Your Dentist at Their Office!Once your jaw and gums have healed after your implant placement, we will determine if enough osseointergration has occurred. If we are satisfied with your progress, we will take impressions and have your final tooth made. Once we make sure of proper fit, you will be seen by your dentist for the final touches. These are normal dental crowns that look just like your natural teeth. Once the permanent fixtures are put into place, your gums will begin to grow around them, helping them to blend in with the rest of the natural teeth. Now, you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful new smile and will no longer need to be self-conscious about your tooth loss.
Dental Implant ServicesTo plan, prepare for, and place your dental implant, Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan employ an array of advanced diagnostic technology. For instance, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) provides the doctor with a clear, concise, 3D digital image of your jawbone and dental ridges. The images help Dr. Everett and Dr. Morgan create a more detailed and precise guided implant surgery plan. Read more about Dental Implants:
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