An Insight Into Dental Implant Procedure Steps
Looking forward to having a dental implant? Whether you have been living without a tooth for a while, just lost a tooth because of an infection or an accident or your dentist recommended having a dental implant. There is a good chance that you are curious about what goes into the procedure. What happens first? How long is the procedure? How many visits will it take? These are many of the questions people have regarding dental implants. In this article, we will be going through the steps of getting a dental implant. The first step is obviously a consultation with your dentist. If you have not gotten to this step then book an appointment at Dental Panache fast! The dentist will provide you options, discuss pricing, and get to know your oral history to make an appropriate decision. The next steps will be discussed in this article.
Step 1 – Implant placement: Your tooth has been removed and now you are getting ready to have it replaced. The first step consists of placing the implant. The dentist will surgically place the implant in the upper or lower jaw. This requires some drilling as the implant has to be stuck to the jawbone, acting as the root of your newest teeth. The placement of the implant is where your dental implant specialist or oral surgeon’s expertise comes in. Since there are many nerves present in the mouth, it requires a good dentist to place the implant without damaging the nerves. After the implant has been placed, a healing cap is put over it. Also note, bone grafting may be required before or after the implant placement. In such cases, your dentist will discuss it with you beforehand.
Step 2 – Healing and osseointegration: Once the implant has been placed, it is time to heal. You have to let the bone in your jaw grow around the implant This is time-consuming but it is what makes a dental implant so strong. We usually wait for 3 – 4 months before fixing a permanent tooth on top of the implant. Osseointegration means fusing the implant to your jaw bone. This can take a few months but do not worry, you will have a “healing cap” to protect the implant and a temporary tooth in the meantime. After this let us move on to step 3.
Step 3 – Tooth replacement:This is the step you have been waiting for! Your dentist will create a custom crown for you that will feel, look, and act as your new tooth. If there is more than one tooth that needs to be replaced then a bridge or denture may be needed instead of a crown. The best part about this step is that you will leave your dentist’s clinic with your new tooth that looks and functions like other natural teeth in the mouth. No one will be able to suspect that you had a missing tooth. The implant procedure is complete, congratulations!
These are the steps involved in a dental implant procedure, if you have more questions or are ready to book a consultation, then contact us today!