To ensure that you have long-term success and minimal complications with your dental implants, the process can take a number of months. While this may seem like a long time, it’s a small price to pay for the satisfaction your new teeth will give you! Read below to learn what you can expect throughout the process.
The first step is a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Your Dentist will examine your gums and jawbone to ensure they can support implants. Sometimes grafting or augmentation surgery will be necessary prior to getting implants. These procedures build up the gums and/or bone to ensure they can support implants.
If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the first step will be surgery to place the titanium post into the jawbone. Although this is a relatively simple procedure, you’ll be placed under anesthesia to avoid any pain. Once the surgery is done, you’ll be given detailed instructions for post-operative care.
As with any surgical procedure, you’ll need some time to properly heal. You’ll be up and moving in the hours immediately after the surgery, but the long-term healing usually takes 3-4 months, and sometimes longer. This extended recovery period ensures that your implant fuses properly with the jawbone, which is absolutely critical to your long-term success.
Once the implant has integrated, a mold of the implant and surrounding teeth are taken and sent to a dental laboratory for tooth fabrication. An abutment may be placed during this appointment. The implant tooth fabrication can take a few weeks, and will be ready for delivery when it arrives back in the dental office.
Once the implant is properly fused with your gums and jawbone, Dr. Kim will put the finishing touch on your new tooth. The prosthetic is attached in such a way that it looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Once your new tooth is placed, you’re all done. You’ll walk out of Dr. Kim’s office with a brand new, beautiful smile to the show the world!
Are you ready for a new smile? Contact us today to schedule a consultation for dental implants or any other dental needs you may have.
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