A Timeline for Dental Implant Treatment
If you are suffering from tooth loss, your Maryland Heights dentist will be the first to tell you that dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement.
Whatever your feelings about getting dental implants—excitement or nervousness, or perhaps a combination of both—there is a certain timeline that goes along with treatment. Your timeline will vary somewhat, based on your set of circumstances, but let’s go over the general process of getting dental implants.
Dental Implants: A Step-by-Step Process
- The Initial Consultation. Before you are scheduled for implants, you will first meet with your dentist to talk about the process. At that time, financing options will be presented and your dentist can go over any questions you might have. An examination and x-rays will determine how much bone you have.
- Presurgical Appointment and Plans for Any Other Necessary Procedures. Impressions will be taken of your jaw and teeth. In addition, if tooth extractions or bone grafting are necessary, those will be handled.
- The Surgery. Once all the preparations have been made, it is time for the dental implant surgery. You can expect the healing and integration process to take about four to six months after the surgery.
- Abutment and Crown Placement. Once your gums have fully recovered, your dentist will get the implants ready for the abutment and crown placement. Tooth color will be decided at this time. Once the abutment is placed, the implant is ready for the custom dental crown and you are ready to show the world your great new smile.
An Investment Well Worth the Time
The dental implant process does take time and patience, but in the end, it is well worth it to have tooth replacements that look and function very similarly to your natural teeth. Find out more about dental implants at your Maryland Heights dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf and call us today!