What to Expect During the Dental Implants Process
There are five main steps to the dental implant process. The process may vary slightly depending on which type of implant you’re getting and your specific needs.
Step One: Consultation
The first step to the dental implant process is a consultation with Dr. Gabriel. At your consultation, he’ll examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
Digital cone beam CT scans help Dr. Gabriel get a better view of your head and jaw for dental implant planning. He’ll discuss your options with you and let you know if you need any additional treatments.
Step Two (Optional): Supplemental Procedures
Dental implants require your jaw and gums to be healthy so they can properly integrate. If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, your jawbone may have deteriorated a little. Not to worry, though — Dr. Gabriel may be able to restore your jawbone with a bone graft so it can support a dental implant.
He can also restore gums that have receded using soft tissue grafts. Both of these types of grafts are done by taking either a small piece of bone or a tissue graft from you and placing this graft in the area that needs restoring. Your body will react to the graft by building additional tissue in the area.
Step Three: Placing the Implant
Once Dr. Gabriel makes sure you have enough jaw and gum tissue for a dental implant, he can begin the placement process. The dental implant does require surgery to be placed, but Dr. Gabriel will use anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. He can also administer sedation for additional ease during the surgery.
The implant is placed into your jaw where the new tooth will be. There, the implant will spend the next few months integrating with your jawbone.
Step Four: Recovery and Integration
Over the next few months, the implant needs time to become a part of your jaw. While it may seem like a long time to wait, a dental implant is the closest tooth replacement option to a real tooth. The integration process is what allows the dental implant to provide all its benefits.
Once the implant is done healing and integrating, you’ll be ready for the final step of the process.
Step Five: Placing the Crown
The final step of the dental implant process is attaching the crown to the titanium fixture. The abutment is the third piece of the implant that completes this last step. Once your implant is fully integrated, Dr. Gabriel will attach the crown to the implant and your new smile is complete.