Getting a dental implant is a process that involves multiple appointments that take place over several months. The implant process is an investment in time and money, but it's one that comes with lifetime rewards.
If you've considered dental implants but want more information before you decide, please continue reading!
Step 1: Dental Implant Consultation
The first step is an examination with your dental implant dentist in Aurora, CO, to evaluate your oral health and determine if you're a good candidate. Your dentist performs the following steps during this appointment:
- Reviews your dental and medical history
- Takes digital x-rays and 3-D CBCT scans of your mouth to gauge jawbone density.
- Takes digital impressions that will be used for your final tooth restoration
Your dentist will discuss their findings with you and tell you if you are a good candidate. Sometimes, interim procedures are needed to make you a good dental implant candidate.
Bone Grafting Procedure
If your dentist determines that the jawbone in the area isn't strong enough to support an implant, they may recommend a bone grafting procedure. This involves using donor bone or your own tissue to build up bone in the area.
Sometimes, it's necessary to remove one or more teeth to achieve the best outcomes. It may be possible to place your implant at the time of extraction, and your dentist will discuss this option with you.
Step 2: Dental Implant Placement Surgery
The next step is to place your dental implant in your jawbone. Your dentist uses a strong anesthetic to numb the area, so you don't feel any pain. Some soreness is common after implant placement, but ibuprofen provides fast relief.
Step 3: Implant Healing and Osseointegration
Dental implants are usually made of titanium, the same material surgeons have used successfully for joint replacement for decades. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning that it won't injure living tissue.
As the implant post heals, it fuses with the jawbone, called osseointegration. Healing times differ for everyone, so you'll often hear broad estimates like 3–6 months.
During this period, you'll visit your dentist so they can check on the healing process. When the implant has integrated with the jawbone, your dentist places an abutment on the implant.
Step 4: Dental Implant Restoration
The final step is to attach the implant tooth or crown to the abutment. Now you have a secure, long-lasting tooth replacement that can provide a lifetime of use if you care for it properly.
Are You a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
Dr. Holly Baller is an experienced dentist who offers full dental implant services in Aurora, CO. If you have one or more missing teeth and are considering implants, Dr. Baller would love to meet with you! Please call Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands to get started.