Dental Implant Placement Process
How Dental Implants Work:
1. Consultation and treatment planning:
During the initial phase of the dental implant process, we gather imaging and your medical and dental histories to get a clear picture of your current health.
We then explore your treatment options with you and form a plan that ensures we meet both your health goals and budgetary needs.
The next step is to extract the tooth in question. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant (also known as an immediate implant) at the same time of extraction. Occasionally, we must do bone grafting before implant placement.
3. Bone grafting:
It is common for the jawbone to lack the mass needed to accept an implant. In that case, we perform a bone graft to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before we place the implant.
4. Dental implant surgery:
During the implant procedure itself, we insert a titanium screw into your jawbone. We administer anesthesia before the 1 or 2-hour surgery.
After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it fuse with the bone for about 3 months.
6. Final restoration:
After osseointegration is complete, we place an abutment on the implant to connect with the final crown restoration. Your general dentist will place the crown.
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About Immediate Dental Implants:
The advanced technical process of an immediate implant means fewer surgeries to complete your treatment. This translates to fewer office visits and less time required to heal.
If you are a candidate for an immediate implant, the process entails the following all within the same procedure:
- Extracting your tooth (if needed)
- Doing any necessary bone grafting
- Inserting the dental implant
- Placing the healing abutment.
You will be ready for your final crown (the last step in the immediate implant process) after a three to six-month healing period.
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