Dental Implant Process
If you have made the decision to get dental implants, you can trust that you will receive the best of care with our dental practice. We have the skill and experience to help you achieve optimal results from your new teeth.
Did you know…
The dental implant process has come a long way since it was first introduced? In fact, dental implants have been used in some capacity since at least 600 A.D., when the Mayans used stone and seashell fragments as artificial tooth roots. Fast forward 1,400 years, and modern dentistry has developed dental implants that are extraordinarily strong and successful in most patients.
Getting Dental Implants
The first step of the dental implant process is the consultation. This important visit sets the foundation for a successful treatment. During the consultation, you will meet with your dental surgeon to discuss treatment goals and your eligibility for dental implants as a patient. This is also the time when you will discuss any questions you may have and reasonable expectations of treatment.
You will arrive on the day of your dental surgery having followed all pre-operative instructions, such as avoiding food and drink in the hours prior to your procedure. You will be placed under sedation, during which time titanium dental implants will be placed beneath your gum line and into the underlying bone. Finally, the gums will be sutured shut, with only a small part of the implant post visible above the surface. You will be sent home to allow time for new implants to integrate with the surrounding bone. You may be fitted for temporary teeth during this recovery period, which may last several months.
During the final stage, your dentist will ask you to return so that you can be fitted for and receive a permanent prosthetic. Depending on the number of teeth you are replacing and your personal preferences, this may be a fixed crown, bridge or a removable denture. The teeth will be custom made to fit the proportions of your face and match any surrounding teeth you may have. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking and functional smile you will be proud to show off.