All About Dental Implants
You will meet with the Dr. and they will take some x-rays of your jawwill be taken. From these x-rays, they will be able to determine if you are a candidate for the dental implant procedure or if you should consider other choices. If your situation appropriate for the implants, the oral surgeon will take impressions of your teeth and ask you to return for the implant placement.
On the day that you arrive to receive the dental implants, the oral surgeon will administer a local anesthetic that will numb the area where the implant will be placed. You will then go to an operating room where he will make a small incision in the gum and drill a hole where the implant is placed. The implant itself is a small titanium screw that in time will fuse with the bone of the jaw creating a permanent root that could last a lifetime. After the implant is inserted into your jaw, a healing cap is placed on the top of the implant and the Dr. will then close the wound with stitches. You will need to return a couple times for the doctor to check on healing, but from that point on it is just a waiting game. You should expect the wait to be from 6 – 8 weeks for the implant to fuse with your bone.
The Healing Period
After the swelling has gone down the doctor will probably need to modify your denture so it will fit over the implant. You should be back to normal in a couple weeks, and then you will need to return to the oral surgeon’s office in a few months to get an x-ray. The x-ray will let him know how well the bone has bonded to the implant. Once the bonding is sufficient, he will schedule you to have the abutment attached.
Exposing the Implant
When the healing process is complete it is time to expose the implant and add the abutment. The abutment is a small metal post that is used as a way to attach a porcelain crown to the implant. The oral surgeon will once again numb the area and then make an incision in the gum above the implant. The healing cap is removed and the abutment is placed on the top of the implant.
Placing the Crown
After a few weeks of healing, you will visit your regular dentist who will take yet another impression of your teeth and will order a new crown that will be placed on the implant. In a couple weeks, you will have a brand new tooth that will probably last a lifetime.