Prior to performing the dental implant process, we will conduct an in depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why dental implants are necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that dental implants are the appropriate treatment option for you, it will be necessary to take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to determine the precise placement of the implant and determine the number of implants necessary. Once this is determined and the optimal locations are marked, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. If necessary, this will be followed by the extraction of any teeth that need to be removed. Next, titanium posts are strategically place in your gums. Once these posts are properly positioned, you will need to wait several months for the posts to fully integrate with the jawbone (osseointegration). During this period, a temporary tooth is placed to reduce your risk of developing an infection and allow you to preserve a full, healthy smile.
As soon as the jawbone has fully fused with the dental implant(s), an abutment is placed, which will connect the new tooth to the dental implant. Once in place, we will evaluate the overall fit and aesthetic appearance of the dental crown to ensure it matches aesthetically and provides you with optimal functional support. If it is determined that the implant meets these criteria, the dental implant process will be complete, and you can begin to enjoy your bright, new, full healthy smile.