Standard Implant Procedure
The standard implant procedure is somewhat long, typically involving several visits and a healing period between three to six months. But you shouldn’t be concerned about any painful situations – the procedure itself will not be painful because it must be done under local anesthesia. Here are the steps:
- Consultation and Examination – This is an required step at the start of the process. During your first appointment, your dentist and you will talk about exactly what you want. Your dentist will take a full, detailed look at your medical and dental history. He will examine your mouth orally to view the state of your oral health, and look at 3-D X-ray images of your jaw to determine the condition of your jaw bone. This is important, because the jaw bone needs to be strong enough to hold the implants and be able to bear all the chewing stresses transmitted when you eat.
- Extraction of Existing Teeth – If your existing teeth can not be saved, they are removed from the jaw. Then, the gum will need time to heal.
- Grafting – If the jaw bone or gum flesh is lacking, grafting of gum flesh and jaw bone is a possibility. Similarly, gum flesh may need to be grafted to improve the appearance. Grafting involves surgery, and a period of three months needs to be allowed following grafting.
- Installation of Implants – Once enough bone has grown, holes are drilled into the jaw using precise speed controlled drills at pre-calculated locations and angles. The implants are fitted with an abutment, which will help the artificial teeth later. The gum flesh is stitched around the implants and the patient is sent home to allow for Osseo-integration to occur which may take three to six months.
- Placement of Crowns – The next visit will be planned after Osseo-integration has been completed. Specially crafted crowns are attached to the implants using the abutments. In cases where all the teeth are being replaced, a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four well located and angled implants. That is popularly called an ‘all-on-four’. In some cases, more than four implants may be required.
Same-Day Implants at South Bay Prosthodontics
To avoid the long wait time before you can show off your beautiful new teeth, dentists now are able to perform a same-day implant procedure. These implants are loaded with a crown, denture, or bridge, right after they are placed inside the jaw bone.