What Are the Three Stages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, offering a reliable and long-lasting solution for individuals with missing teeth. While the entire process may seem overwhelming initially, understanding the three stages of dental implants can help alleviate some concerns.
At Farmer & Williamson, serving Wichita, KS, and the surrounding region, we’d like to take you through each step of the process to ease your mind.
Evaluation and planning
The first stage of the dental implant process involves a thorough evaluation and planning phase.
During your initial consultation with a dental professional, either Dr. Farmer or Dr. Williamson, we’ll assess your oral health and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
This evaluation may include the following:
Our dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone structure using various diagnostic tools, such as X-rays, CT scans, or 3D imaging. These images help determine the quality and quantity of your jawbone, which is crucial for successful implant placement.
Medical history review
Our practitioner will review your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions or medications you may be taking. This information helps them assess your overall health and identify any potential complications that could arise during the implant process.
Treatment plan development
Your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan based on the examination and evaluation. This plan will outline the number of implants needed, the type, and an anticipated timeline for the procedure.
Once the evaluation and planning stage is complete, the second stage involves the actual placement of the dental implant. We perform this surgical procedure under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
The steps involved in implant placement are:
Tooth extraction (if necessary)
If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth at the implant site, we may need to extract it before placing it. In some cases, we can perform tooth extraction and implant placement simultaneously.
Our dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the jawbone and then drill a hole into the bone. Next, our practitioner will insert the implant, usually made of titanium. Our dentist will then suture it into place, covering the implant.
Over the next few months, a process called osseointegration takes place. During this period, the implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for the final restoration. This integration ensures the longevity and stability of the dental implant.
Restoration and aftercare
The final stage of dental implant treatment involves the restoration and aftercare of the implant. This stage typically occurs after the osseointegration process is complete. The steps involved include:
Once the implant has successfully integrated with the jawbone, our dentist will attach a small connector called an abutment. The abutment acts as a link between the implant and the final restoration.
Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and create a customized dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This prosthesis will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, both in appearance and functionality. Our practitioner will then securely attach it to the abutment, completing the restoration process.
Following the implant placement and restoration, our dentist will provide instructions for post-procedure care.
For instance, you must maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and attending routine dental checkups. These measures ensure the longevity of your dental implant and overall oral health.
Understanding the three stages of dental implants can help alleviate concerns. From the initial evaluation and planning to the implant placement and final restoration, each stage plays a vital role in achieving a successful outcome.
By following our dentist’s recommendations and practicing good oral hygiene, you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants for years!
Dental implant procedures may vary based on individual circumstances, so consult with our qualified dental professional to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
With advancements in technology and techniques, dental implants offer a reliable and long-lasting solution for restoring your smile and enhancing your overall quality of life. The process might not be as significant as you thought.
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