Dental Implant Placement
Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth as well as the appearance of your smile. Today, the most popular treatment available is dental implants. Dental implants involve the surgical implantation of small titanium posts into your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw in a process called osseointegration. Once you have fully healed, the posts can provide secure support for your final restorations, or ceramic crowns. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we provide this revolutionary treatment to meet several different needs. Here is what you can expect during the dental implant placement process.
The First Step: Your Initial Consultation
Before you can receive dental implants, we first need to conduct an initial consultation. This consultation is designed to help us determine if dental implants are the right treatment for you. We go over your medical history and perform a thorough oral exam. We look over your mouth, checking the condition of your teeth and your gums. Any oral health issues that you have will need to be treated before surgery. We also take x-rays, which allow us to check the condition of your jawbone and determine if you need to have a bone graft first. If you are considered a candidate, we then move forward to create a customized treatment plan.
Undergoing Implant Surgery
Before beginning surgery, we administer a local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area, so you feel no pain. If you are anxious, we can also provide you with sedation. Surgery begins with incisions in your gums. Next, we drill holes into the jawbone and place the implant posts inside. Your gums are then sutured closed around the posts.
If you are receiving Teeth in a Day, your final restorations, which are fabricated before your surgical procedure, are secured into place with small screws. Otherwise, temporary teeth are set in place until you heal.
The Recovery Process
Recovering from dental implant surgery varies from patient to patient. It can take anywhere from several weeks to several months before you fully heal. As you heal, your bone gradually fuses to the implant posts, integrating them into the jaw. They become strong, stable roots that are then able to provide your restorations with secure support. We provide you with specific aftercare instructions to follow during your recovery process. These instructions help you to deal with common post-surgical issues like pain and swelling as well as what types of foods to eat and how to care for your mouth.
Getting Your Final Restorations
If you are getting Teeth in a Day, your final restorations are placed immediately following your implant surgery. Once you have fully healed, you do not have to worry about this step. If you have been provided with temporary teeth, your final restorations are created after you have fully healed. First, your temporary teeth are removed, and abutments are placed. Next, impressions of your mouth are taken and sent to a dental lab. The restorations are then designed and created, a process that can take up to two weeks. When they are finished and have been sent back, we check them for fit and bite and screw them into place.
While the process of getting dental implants is more involved than traditional treatments, this procedure provides you with several significant benefits. In addition to restoring the functions of your missing teeth and your smile, dental implants provide greater comfort, ease of care, and the preservation of your jawbone. For more information on the dental implant placement process, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Pacific Modern Dentistry at (206) 607-9822 today.