Dental Implants: The Process
- Consultation and Treatment Plan: During the initial phase of the dental implant process, imaging is gathered along with your medical and dental histories to give us a clear picture of your current health and implant placement site. We will then explore your treatment options with you to formulate a plan that ensures that both your health goals and budgetary needs are met.
- Extraction: (If there is no missing tooth), the next step is to have the tooth in question extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant at the same time of tooth extraction. In others, bone grafting will be required prior to implant placement (see next step).
- Bone Grafting: It is common for the jawbone to lack the height and width of bone tissues needed to accept an implant. In this case, a bone graft will be performed first to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
- Dental Implant Surgery: During the implant procedure itself, a dental implant (titanium screw) is inserted into your jawbone. You will be anesthetized for comfort during the surgery, which takes about 1 hour.
- Osseointegration: After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue/gum and let it heals for at least 3 months in order for the implant to fuse with the bone.
- Final Restoration: After osseointegration is complete, an abutment/support is placed on the implant, its impression is taken, then the final crown to be cemented to complete the restoration.