The Dental Implants Process
What should you expect from the dental implants process at In Motion Dentists? The specifics may vary, depending on your particular dental needs. What follows are some general guidelines.
How Long are the Procedures and How Many Can Be Expected?
Usually, the process of getting implants will encompass at least three appointments. The first will be a consultation, allowing the dentist to determine if you are an eligible candidate for implants. The second appointment is outpatient surgery, where your surgeon will surgically place the metal post that is needed to hold the crown. For a single implant, this may take just half an hour; more complex situations may require three to four hours. Once the implant has healed, you will have 1-2 appointment to have the crown, bridge, or dentures impressed and placed.
Initial Appointments, Scan, and Custom Treatment Planning
During your initial consultation, the dentist will evaluate your teeth and decide if you are a good candidate for implants. This will usually involve a full wellness scan, which helps determine that you are not dealing with underlying gum issues. During this appointment, your dentist will also provide you with a road map for the remainder of your treatment.
The Surgical Placement of the Implant
For the dental implant surgery, you will either be put under with anesthesia or else given a simple, localized numbing agent. The dentist will then make an incision to your gum, exposing the bone beneath. This is where your implant will go. A space will be prepared and the implant placed. Your dentist will then place the implant and make sure it is steady and secure. The gums are then stitched around the implant.
The Placement of the Tooth Prosthetic
It may take a couple weeks for the gums to fully heal and 4-6 months months for the implant to integrate with the bone. Once the healing has taken place, you will return to In Motion Dentists to have the prosthetic piece attached. This is done using an abutment, which is a connective piece placed at the top of the implant. Before you leave from this appointment, your dentist will make certain that the implant and prosthesis are secure, and that they look the way they are supposed to.
You can anticipate returning to your dentist for a follow-up appointment or two, which will be vital for ensuring that your implants are working properly, that the implant has fully healed, and that you feel completely satisfied with the results of your dental implant surgery. Of course, you can also call the office any time you have pressing questions or concerns.