What To Expect From The Implant Process

Dental ImplantsDental implants have become a treatment of choice over the past few decades, recommended by dentists for patients who are in danger of losing one or more of their natural teeth. While dental implants have a low failure rate, it’s important to understand how the process works to give it the greatest chance of succeeding.

What to Expect During a Dental Implant

  1. A period of evaluation. The cosmetic dentist will need to take images of your teeth, assess the bone density of your jaw, discern the health of your gums and discuss your oral habits to understand if a dental implant is the best choice for you.
  2. A significant time commitment. To allow the implant fixture that sits below the jawline a chance to experience osseointegration, it may take as long as four to six months for you to receive your permanent crown on your implanted tooth.
  3. Involvement of several specialists. At the very least, an oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant fixture, and your cosmetic dentist will place your crown.
  4. Bone grafting. As stated earlier, one of the key factors in a successful dental implant is adequate bone density in the jaw. If that is not present, your dentist may recommend a bone graft to ensure the successful implantation of the fixture.
  5. Your active participation in the healing process. You’ll need to inform your dental team of all your health conditions and medications, you’ll want to discuss any post-surgical issues that may arise, and you will need to maintain excellent oral habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily, to keep the implant site healthy.

“Receiving a dental implant today is a relatively easy process, with little or no discomfort involved,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in central Phoenix. “Having realistic expectations of how the procedure will go will help it have an even greater chance of success.”




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