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What Should I Expect During the Dental Implant Process?

August 2, 2017

Senior woman pointing to dnetal implant supported restorationIf you’re considering replacing one or more teeth with a dental implant supported restoration, we invite you to take a few moments to learn more about this restoration process. There are many misconceptions about the dental implant process, and it’s important that patients thoroughly understand what to expect before they begin treatment. The initial dedication and time commitment can seem overwhelming, but in partnership with a skilled dental team, this early investment leads to a flawlessly restored smile that lasts a lifetime.

Step 1 – Consultation

Before we begin treatment, it’s important to evaluate your current oral and overall health. Dental implant placement is a surgical treatment, so we need to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery, discuss any medications you’ve taken, and review your past surgical experiences for bad responses. We will also need to measure jawbone density and gum tissue volume to ensure your smile has the necessary supportive structures to anchor a dental implant post.

Step 2 – Treatment Planning

If you decide to move forward with dental implant tooth replacement, the dentist creates a personalized treatment plan. From start to finish, the dentist will explain the cost of the implants themselves, the surgical placement procedure, and the tooth replacement prosthetic. Additionally, the schedule will be precisely planned.

Step 3 – Surgical Implant Placement

The first part of treatment is the surgical implant placement.This process is much simpler than it sounds. We place a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, the dental implant post is inserted into the jawbone. A protective cap is attached to the top of the implant post to protect the healing site.

Step 4 – Implant Fusion

Once the implant post is in place, you’ll need to wait three to six months. During this time, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This is a scientific way of saying the dental implant posts fuses with the soft tissue and bone structure, recreating the lost root system.

Step 5 – Replacement Teeth Designed

While the dental implant post is fusing with gum tissue, you’ll visit our office to begin the design process. We’ll take impressions of any remaining teeth or gum line as necessary. Then, a trusted dental lab uses these impressions and our designs to create your flawless tooth replacement restoration.

Step 6 – Restoration

Once the dental implant post has fused with the jawbone and we receive the tooth replacement prosthetic from the lab, you’ll return to our office, so we can attach your restoration. An abutment is screwed onto the implant post. This connector piece will stick out above the gum line, and your dental crown, bridge, or denture will be cemented or snapped into position over these abutments.

Meet Dr. Steele

At Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry, our Glendale dentist and team are passionate about delivering safe, effective, long lasting dental implant supported tooth replacement prosthetics. From a single tooth to a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Dallas Steele and his dedicated team are here to help you get the natural looking, feeling, and functioning dental restoration you deserve. We hope you’ve found this step by step dental implant guide helpful, and our team invites you to come back to our blog regularly to learn about other dentistry services we provide. Contact our office to schedule your dental implant consultation today. We can’t wait to get started down the road that leads to your flawless, healthy smile.

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