The Dental Implant Procedure
The actual procedure takes place in a series of four simple steps.
- The implant or implants (the actual titanium rod that forms the root of the new prosthetic) is inserted into the socket.
- We allow the jaw to heal for a period of up to six months. During this stage, the bone grows and bonds in and around the implant (this process is called osseointegration). Sometimes, the dentist will create a temporary tooth replacement for you to wear over the implant site during the healing period.
- On your next visit, we will uncover the implant. Then, we attach a small metal post called an abutment to your implant. We give your gums a little more time to heal after the placement of the abutment.
- We fabricate a crown (also known as a restoration) that is custom created for you in our dental labs. You will come in to have the crown permanently attached to the abutment.
Note: There are some implant systems, called one-stage – or single-stage – implants, that already have an abutment attached. This implant procedure requires a cooperative effort between an oral surgeon who creates and inserts the final replacement teeth along with the rest of your implant team. One-stage implants take advanced training. We are proud to offer them at Dental Depot.
Are There Risks Associated With The Dental Implant Procedure?
While there are risks and complications associated with every medical procedure, dental implants have a high rate of success that is consistently in the high 90s.
Some patients can develop infections. These are easy enough to treat with a standard regimen of antibiotics.
Sometimes the nerves in your lower jaw can also become irritated by implant placement. This can cause numbness and tingling in your mouth or chin. This is usually only a risk when there is a significant amount of bone loss, which is why we might recommend a bone graft prior to proceeding with a dental implant procedure.
How Many Appointments Will I Need?
The number of appointments required varies for each patient. It could take us three to five appointments to complete all of the necessary restorative work. When you come in for your consultation we’ll talk about the work that needs to be completed and how many appointments you can expect to go through before your specific restorative work is complete.
Dr. Knox was professional, compassionate, and skilled. His assistant talked me through everything. I had a wisdom tooth removed and a cavity filled. I have made plans to have a dental implant with Dr. Knox as well. They are very fairly priced.
The staff is very friendly and my dentist is kind and patient man. Dr Bohle worked on my implant and the experience was pleasant. He was very informative and was talked me through everything that would go on. If you need dental work done I could not recommend a better place.
There are certain things in life that you don't like, but you have to do it anyway. Like eat liver when your mom serves it, like go to work every morning, and go to the dentist twice a year for a checkup. If you do, your teeth will last you a lifetime. But if you don't, you'll end up with Dentures or implants. Natural teeth are a lot cheaper. Give this place a chance I think you'll be happy with results.
Dr. Bennet Parks is a amazing The team is excellent! I'm very happy to work with such great people. I've had my teeth cleaned, and dental implants! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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