The process to have a dental implant supported restoration placed involves many months to complete. This is because it is a very intricate process that involves many steps. Other missing teeth replacement options can be placed faster but implants provide more oral health benefits and offer a better quality of life.
Dr.Uttma Dham is a talented dentist in Plantation, FL that offers many types of dental implants. She will recommend this type of dental restoration for patients missing one or more teeth. To get started with the implant process, schedule a consultation at Westside Dental Center. Dr. Dham and her professional staff will review the entire dental implant process with you as well as answer any questions you may have.
The Dental Implant Process
Planning: Planning is perhaps the most critical part of the implant process. Dr. Dham will need to evaluation your entire mouth as well as review your medical history to determine if you qualify for dental implants. Patients are requires to have substantial healthy bone tissue and be in good overall health. A personalized treatment plan will be created for you based on your wants and oral health needs.
Dental Implants Placement: Placing the dental implants will require a routine surgical procedure. Here the implants are implanted into the jaw bone in the predetermined location. They will be left to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. This procedure will take about an hour to place a single implant and up to several hours for multiple implants.
Osseointegration: This is a critical step in the implant process. It can take anywhere from three to six months for them to fully fuse with the jaw bone. This is what makes the implant stable and provides the durable base for the entire restoration. While you are waiting for osseointegration to complete, a temporary restoration may be placed depending on the location of the missing teeth.
Abutment Placement: When osseointegration is complete, a small piece called an abutment will be attached to the implant. This procedure will involve making a small incision in the gums to connect the piece. Your gums will need about four to six weeks to heal around the abutment.
Fabrication of Restoration: Your Plantation, FL dentist will use 3-D digital scanning and modern dental materials to fabricate your new dental restoration. These will be custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth and will look completely natural.
Placement of the Dental Restoration: The final step in the implant process is to place the permanent dental restoration. Dr. Dham will connect your new teeth to the implant(s) to complete your new smile. A single dental crown will be used if you are only missing one tooth. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced by a dental bridge or a denture.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Contact our Plantation, FL dentist office at (954) 251-0640 or request a consultation online to get started on your journey for natural teeth replacement. While there are many options available to replace your missing teeth, dental implants are considered the one option available.