How the Dental Implant Procedure Works
The first step in the dental implant process is to schedule an initial consultation with a qualified implant dentist. During this appointment, the dentist will examine your mouth and take digital X-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. They’ll also discuss your medical history and any medications you’re taking to make sure that the implant surgery is safe for you.
The implant surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, but some patients may choose to have IV sedation for added comfort. Sedation options are discussed at the initial consultation. During the procedure, the dentist will make a small incision in the gums and carefully place the implant post into the jawbone. The post will then be left to heal and integrate with the bone in the coming months.
Depending on your dentist, they may perform the surgery with the help of 3D planning technology, or even laser dentistry.
During the recovery period, the implant post will begin the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is a natural process where the bone around the implant post begins to fuse with the jawbone. This process is essential for the implant to be secure and stable. It takes several months for osseointegration to be completed.
The healing time for osseointegration varies for each patient, but you’ll be able to return to your normal routine after a few days. You may have some discomfort or swelling for a few days to a week. Your dentist will advise you on how to care for the implant site during your recovery. Follow their instructions to avoid potential risks and complications from occurring.
Remember, each patient heals differently, so the entire dental implant timeline will fluctuate for each person.
Final Restoration Placement
Once the implant post has fully integrated with the jawbone, you’ll return to the dentist for the final restoration placement appointment. Your custom restoration, a dental crown, bridge, or supported denture will be ready for placement. The final restoration will be securely attached to the post to look and function just like a natural tooth. You’ll leave the dental office with a brand-new, beautiful smile that you’ll love.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to have any teeth removed before getting an implant?
Not necessarily. In some cases, an implant can be placed directly into the jawbone without the need to remove any existing teeth. However, if there aren’t enough healthy teeth or if the jawbone is too thin or weak, tooth extraction may be necessary before the implant surgery.
How long does the entire dental implant process take?
The dental implant process can take several months to complete. The implant surgery itself takes just a few hours, but the post needs time to heal and integrate with the jawbone before the final restoration can be placed. On average, the process takes about four to six months.
Start Your Dental Implant Journey
Do you still have questions about the dental implant procedure? Contact our Staten Island dentists today. With years of experience, we’ll answer any questions you may have and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
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