You’ll first need an initial consultation to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Besides a visual examination, you’ll also need a CT scan to assess your jawbone and oral structures. Based on the results of the examination, you may need additional procedures before undergoing your placement surgery, like bone grafting.
Bone grafting is necessary if your jawbone isn’t thick enough to support your dental implant. It adds a piece of bone to areas that are weakened. Although it creates another step in your treatment plan, it’s time well spent to ensure your new smile has the foundation it needs to thrive.
After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your implant placement surgery. If you’re having a single tooth replaced, you may only need a local anesthetic; however, if your case is more complex, we may recommend sedation or anesthesia.
Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone and a hole is drilled into it in a predetermined location to insert a titanium post. The implant will act as a new root to secure your restoration. Your gum tissue is closed, and the healing process will begin.
The post will stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Over the next several weeks, your jaw will fuse to the post, allowing it to stay in place forever with the right aftercare. Although it will take time, it’s necessary to ensure the success of your dental implant.
While you’re recovering, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage any discomfort. You can also apply cold compresses to the outside of the mouth to minimize any swelling. Take the time to maintain your oral hygiene to reduce your risk of any complications, like infection.
After your jawbone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post. This is a special fixture needed to connect your restoration. It will take about 2 weeks for your gum tissue to heal around the abutment. In the meantime, the dental lab will be carefully crafting your crown to match your natural teeth. It will look just like your real ones to blend in seamlessly when you smile.
Take your first step toward a complete smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.