Implants are a wonderful option for patients who are missing teeth, wanting to enhance their smile, or wanting something that is fixed and not removable. Dental implants could be the solution you are looking for!
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the patient’s bone allowing for a secure, stable, and long-term restoration option. The process seems invasive, but it is actually quite simple and very minimally invasive, typically with little post-operative discomfort.
How are dental implants placed?
- A patient is evaluated to see if they would be a good candidate for an implant.
- The patient is numbed and then a very small layer of tissue is pulled back revealing the bone.
- Using precision and the latest technology, the implant is placed directly into the bone and tightened.
- Sometimes, when bone is lacking, bone grafting may be required and placed with the implant.
- The tissue is closed over the implant with sutures (stitches).
- In some situations the patient can leave that day with a temporary crown on the implant.
What happens after an implant is placed?
After the implant is placed, we see our patients for a follow-up visit in 10 days to be sure that the implant site is in pristine condition. It typically takes about 3 months for the bone to heal and fuse to the implant, creating that secure environment for restoration. Once the bone is fully healed and the implant is secure, the restoration process begins and is typically completed in one to two visits. The implant will be restored with a crown or prosthetic restoration.
I want dental implants! What do I do today?
Contact our office and come in for an exam and x-rays to verify if you are a great candidate for dental implants.
The process usually is:
- A full x-ray called a panoramic x-ray is taken to evaluate your bone level, sinuses and other vital structures.
- A complete exam is performed and various treatment options are presented and discussed.
- You make your appointment and we place your implant!