Are you considering dental implants? Have you already made the decision?
A dental implant procedure is definitely not a quick one. It takes time - months, to be exact. And there are many steps along the way that lead to an amazing, long-lasting finished product.
The entire process is rather straightforward, though it will have variations for each patient. Let’s take a closer look at it so that you know what to expect.
The Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, you will undergo a thorough examination from the dentist. Combined with a discussion of your dental and medical history, your dentist is then able to make the determination as to whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
If you are and you choose to move forward with them, then x-rays and digital impressions will be taken in order to kick off the planning.
This is your first step toward a brand-new smile.
Addressing Underlying Dental Issues
During that first consultation, we will determine if there are any underlying dental issues that need to be addressed before the implant. For instance, any tooth decay, infections, misalignments, signs of gum disease, and more.
Having good oral health is vital to reduce the chance of infection after the implant surgery - as well as keeping them healthy in the future.
Placing the Dental Implant
Now it is time to actually begin the dental implant procedure - and it is important to understand that it comes in parts. First up, placing the actual implant.
Using a local anesthetic, we will implant a small post beneath your gums to act as an alternative root. In our office, implants are inserted using 3D guided technology, which typically means an incision only a few millimeters in size and no sutures.
The implant is then left to fuse with the jawbone over the next couple of months - or longer, if needed.
Placing the Abutment
Next up is the abutment. When we are confident that the implant has fused, an abutment is attached to the implant. Consider this to be the connecting piece between the implant itself and your future dental crown.
We may or may not provide a temporary crown while the permanent one is customized.
Placing the Dental Crown
Once the digital impression has been made and your customized crown has been created, we will place it into the abutment. Often it is screwed in so that it is held securely.
Keep in mind that dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. The process, however, is the same. If you are getting a partial, a bridge, or dentures, you will undergo the above and then rather than just placing the dental crown, your dentist will place the restoration.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
Don’t be alarmed if your dentist recommends bone grafting before you can move forward with the procedure for dental implants.
Good bone density is required for a dental implant since the implant itself must be able to fuse with the jawbone. If it can’t do so successfully, it will not become a sturdy and secure anchor. To help fill in where the bone is lacking, bone grafting may be required.
During this treatment, additional bone is added to your jawbone to build up its density for a future implant. Keep in mind that this will require additional time for healing before you can move forward.
Dental Implant Procedures at Ryan Senft, DDS
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Ryan Senft, DDS, and his team have extensive experience in successfully placing implants, giving many patients the opportunity to enhance their quality of life.
If you’d like to find out whether or not dental implants are a good option for your dental needs, contact us today at 408-996-8595. Or, request an appointment online.