The Process of Dental Implants – Owing Mills, MD
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The implantation process is not a simple one, at least at first. Many patients ask Dr. Mattson how the process works or what they can expect after they’ve decided to have them placed. While the process may seem complex, it’s relatively straightforward overall. Once you know the main stages, you’ll feel confident when the time comes to have them placed! Those who have questions about the treatment should not hesitate to contact our office today!
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
One of the most important steps of your dental implant treatment is the consultation with Dr. Mattson. Not only do you get a chance to set expectations for treatment and discuss your goals for tooth replacement, but it gives our office a chance to confirm your eligibility for treatment in the first place. The last thing we want is for a dental implant to fail, and making sure that your bone tissue is sufficient and that your oral health is in good condition are both crucial steps to achieving successful implantation.
If we believe that you need preparatory treatments prior to receiving dental implants, including bone grafts, periodontal therapy, or sinus lifts, we’ll make sure to let you know prior to scheduling your implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
On the day of your implant surgery, we’ll have a highly detailed plan of where your implants will be placed and the angle we’ll be placing them. This will allow us to be as efficient as possible with your existing bone tissue. It will also prevent us from accidentally placing the implants in areas that could damage the nerves or other sensitive oral structures.
After opening your gum tissue and placing the implant, we’ll seal the gum tissue and give it time for it to integrate. This process can take anywhere from four to six months. During this time, you’ll be given a temporary restoration to hide the implant while it heals.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
One of the main reasons why dental implants are so effective at remaining in the jaw for so long is because of the osseointegration process. The implant posts are titanium, which also means they are biocompatible with your existing bone and gum tissue. Biocompatible materials are necessary to avoid the risk of the body rejecting the implant, while also allowing the post to become one with your bone tissue.
In some cases, the abutment may be placed at the same time as the implant. However, other cases involve placing the abutment after the implant has fully integrated. This connector is designed to keep the restoration stable and even within your bite. After the abutment is placed, we will allow another two weeks of healing to take place.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
After all necessary oral structures have healed, we will take an impression of your jaw with the abutment attached. This will allow us to create a crown, bridge or denture that securely fastens to the implant. We use all-ceramic materials to create restorations as this will make your smile look as natural as possible. Porcelain is not only durable, but less stain-resistant than natural tooth enamel and incapable of developing decay. However, you’ll still need to practice daily oral care and visit our office once every six months for exams and cleanings.