The Simple Process of a Dental Implant
Dental implants may sounds intimidating, but it’s actually a fairly simple process that we do all the time. Here’s what you can expect if it turns out you need a dental implant:
Initial Consult With Dr. Daniel
Just like fingerprints, no two mouths are exactly the same. Dr. Daniel will carefully review your unique situation and make a recommendation for an implant, if needed. Implants are often used to replace a tooth (or multiple teeth), support a denture, and improve tooth function. It’s important to understand why you’re being recommended an implant and how it benefits to you before beginning the process.
We Schedule a Meeting With an Oral Surgeon (or Periodontist)
You’ll then have a consultation with an oral surgeon about what day you’d like to begin the implant process and the follow up appointments along the way. They’ll set a clear path to the end of the process so you always know what to expect.
The Tooth is Removed
Most patients need to have a tooth removed to make way for the implant. Once the tooth is removed, it takes about 3 months to fully heal. The bone that once held the tooth must be fully healed before the implant can be placed.
The Implant is Placed
Your next major appointment is to have the implant is placed. This is when the implant is literally put into its proper location in your mouth. It typically takes 3-6 months after the procedure for it to fuse to the bone.
Create and Attach the Crown
Once the surgeon is satisfied that the implant is healed, we begin the restoration process. Dental molds (impressions) are taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown that attaches to the implant is made. At the final appointment the crown is attached to the implant and the process is complete.
Protect Your Investment
Regular oral hygiene and dental cleanings are highly recommended to maintain the health of the implant and your teeth.