Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Here’s an overview of the process involved in getting dental implants:
Initial Consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation with a dental implant specialist. During this visit, the dentist will evaluate your oral health, examine the area where the implant will be placed, and take X-rays or CT scans to assess the bone density and structure.
Treatment Planning: Based on the evaluation, the dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan will consider factors such as the number of implants needed, the condition of your jawbone, and any additional procedures required, such as bone grafting or tooth extraction.
Implant Placement: The next step is the surgical placement of the dental implant. This is typically done under local anesthesia, although sedation options may be available for anxious patients. The dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone and then drill a small hole to insert the implant screw into the bone. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place, and a temporary crown or denture may be placed over the implant site.
4. Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. This is when the implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone over several months. During this healing period, the bone grows around the implant, providing a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment is a connector that protrudes above the gumline and serves as the attachment point for the final restoration.
Final Restoration: After the gums have healed and the abutment is in place, the final step is to fabricate and attach the permanent restoration. This can be a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the number of missing teeth and the treatment plan. The restoration is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a natural-looking and functional replacement.
Follow-up Care: Regular follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor the healing process, ensure proper function and aesthetics, and address any concerns or adjustments needed.
It’s important to note that the timeline and specific steps may vary depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of the case. Your dental implant specialist will guide you through the process and provide personalized care to achieve the best outcome.
For more information regarding implants, contact the office of Dr. James D. Lund DDS in the South Jordan, Daybreak area of the Salt Lake Valley. Call us at 801-254-7777