The word “implant” may seem intimidating in regards to a procedure involving the body, but our patients at Aspen Springs Dental have no reasons to fear. Performed by extraordinarily skilled and qualified dentists, our approach keeps patients comfortable and leads to a beautiful smile.
The exact method a dentist decides to use is determined on a case-by-case basis. Since your mouth’s structure and the condition of your oral health play an important role, your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan and keep you informed throughout the process.
Dental implants can help restore your confidence in your smile. Below are the five steps for a dental implant placement procedure.
Step 1: Thorough Examination
Your dentist will schedule an appointment to conduct a thorough oral examination. This step may resemble a routine exam, but the exam’s focus will be to evaluate if dental implants will be an effective solution for your dental needs. Your dentist must gather enough information to accurately assess not only the damage to the tooth or teeth in question but also any other ongoing medical conditions.
You can expect your dentist to use hand tools and x-rays for the examination. Once your dentist has gathered enough information, he or she will provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Step 2: Extraction and Cleaning
Before extraction, your dentist will speak with you to explain the local anesthesia and also verify any allergies you may have. You will not have to worry about any pain and will only feel a slight pull during the actual extraction.
You may experience minor bleeding, particularly if your dentist had to remove any tooth roots. Just make sure to follow your dentist’s recommendations to avoid post-extraction pain.
Step 3: Implant Placement and Bone Grafting
Once the site of a damaged or missing tooth is completely clear, your dentist will then insert the implant into your jaw bone. Bone grafting only becomes necessary if your dentist expresses concern about the thickness and strength of your jaw bone.
Once the dentist inserts the implant into the bone, it will heal and form around the implant to permanently fix it in place. Once this process is finished, your dentist will be able to attach an artificial tooth to the implant.
Step 4: Attaching the Abutment
The abutment acts as a connector between the artificial tooth and the actual implant. Your dentist will use another local anesthetic so you will not experience pain during placement.
Step 5: Attaching the Permanent New Tooth
Your dentist will schedule this step after a few weeks to allow your gums to heal. In this final step, the dentist will fix crowns that will match your natural teeth’s appearance to the implants.
Implants, similarly to dentures, come in permanent and removable varieties. Your dentist will have recommendations for which option to choose depending on your situation.
Implants can restore any oral damage, even from serious conditions such as periodontal disease. Call us today to restore your smile at 720-482-0793.
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