Dental implants have shown to be the most successful choice for replacing or restoring missing teeth. They simulate the functionality of natural teeth while improving your look and restoring your confidence. If you have decided that a dental implant procedure is the right choice for you, you may be wondering about it entails. Here we have outlined the dental implant process in further detail for your consideration.
To understand how dental implants work, it is important to describe the three parts that make up a dental implant:
The dental implant procedure has three main steps, however, if a bone graft is needed there will be an additional step which will occur prior to surgery:
Step One: Evaluation
During the first step, you will be welcomed into our office for a thorough exam. This will include establishing your overall health and inspecting the area of the mouth that will receive the implant. Part of the exam includes a CT scan to thoroughly analyze the jaw bone, gums, and adjacent teeth.
Step Two: Dental Surgery
Many patients are nervous about this part of the dental implant process. However, this portion of the procedure is completed in less time than it takes to perform a tooth extraction. The surgery begins with administering a local anesthetic, and lasts about 15 minutes. The jaw bone will be drilled in order to install the implant body. Often times, tooth extraction and implant placement can occur at the same time. In some cases, an incision in not needed to place the implant. This is known as flapless “no incision” surgery. In such circumstances, the patient experiences minimal discomfort, little to no bleeding, and faster healing and recovery times. Rest assured that the pain associated with this procedure and recovery is minimal and often well worth it.
Step Three: Final Restoration
After the implant surgery, there is a waiting period before the final restoration is completed. This period of time is needed to allow the bone to adhere to the implant through a process called implant osseointegration. Generally, osseointegration takes 4-6 months depending on bone density and the overall health of the patient. During this time you will have a temporary dental prosthetic as a placeholder for the final crown or bridge.
Gregorin Dental is passionate about the dental implant process, and our clinical results and level of expertise are second to none in the Anchorage AK area. We encourage you to take a moment to view our clinical results. Please take advantage of our free implant consultation. Don’t hesitate and schedule your appointment to start the dental implant process and enhance your smile today!