Dental implants may seem intimidating at first, but that’s often because you may not be aware of how the process works. Once people learn how implants are placed and covered with natural-looking restorations, they start to feel far more confident about their future treatment. Since dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that requires surgery, people often have questions about what they should expect when the time comes. To learn more about the process, keep reading or give our office a call!
During the first visit, Dr. Snarr and Dr. Crofoot will closely examine your mouth and confirm the current condition of your oral health. In order to receive dental implants, you’ll need to have good oral health overall, meaning no tooth decay or gum disease. You’ll also need to have sufficient bone tissue so the implant can effectively integrate. Healthy gum and bone tissue is crucial to the long-term success of your dental implant, whether you need to replace single or multiple teeth. We’ll also take the time to learn your specific needs and inform you of every step of the treatment process.
Once we’ve planned your implant surgery, you’ll come to the practice to have the first stage of the treatment performed. This is the surgical portion, which involves making a small incision inside of your gum tissue and placing a dental implant into the jaw. Before beginning, we’ll make sure to numb your mouth to prevent any potential discomfort during the procedure. After closing the gum tissue, it will be given time to heal over the next four to six months. This healing period can vary depending on the number of implants you need to have placed.
Dental implants use titanium in most cases to replace the roots of teeth. Titanium is biocompatible with gum and bone tissue, which is exactly how it integrates so well with your oral structures. The process of the implant bonding with bone tissue is known as osseointegration and it’s designed to keep the tooth healthy and stable for many decades. After the healing process has completed, an abutment is placed on top, which acts as a connector for the eventual restoration. This keeps the restoration even and ensures that it looks natural after it’s placed.
After the abutment is placed, the gum tissue needs additional time to heal around the implant. Once this process is complete, we can cast an impression of your implant and use it to create a permanent restoration. All restorations used to cover dental implants are made from porcelain, which offers the most esthetically pleasing appearance. Furthermore, porcelain is also incredibly durable and stain-resistant, making it ideal for eating the foods you want without worry. With proper care, your dental implant(s) should last 25 years or longer. Our dentists will go over the best steps to keep your dental implants healthy immediately following your treatment.
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