Choosing dental implants to revitalize your smile is an exciting decision! The process takes several months because it must be done in several phases. Allow us to explain the dental implant process:
Phase 1: Thorough Evaluation
To best determine if dental implants are right for you, Dr. Strandburg will complete a comprehensive dental exam, assessing the condition of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and the like. Further, he will review your medical history to make sure dental implants are the right choice for your personal health. Lastly, Dr. Strandburg will discuss the treatment plan with you and answer any of your questions.
Phase 2: Removal of Damaged Tooth
If your tooth is damaged, Dr. Strandburg will remove the tooth and clean the area. Cleaning is a vital part of the process, as the hole needs to be free of any bacteria, debris, or tooth to ensure an infection does not occur.
Phase 3: Bone Grafting, If Necessary
Bone grafting may be necessary if your jawbone’s quality and/or quantity is not sufficient for dental implant placement. Bone grafting is the process of repairing or replacing the jawbone to create a strong foundation for the dental implant. Sometimes, this procedure is outsourced to an oral surgeon to facilitate the best results.
Phase 4: Dental Implant Placement & Healing Time
Once bone grafting is complete, the dental implant – sometimes referred to as a screw – is placed into the jawbone. Now it’s time to allow the bone to heal and grow around the implant! This part of the process may take several months, but it is critical to ensure the bone stays in place.
Phase 5: Abutment Placement, Then Crown Placement
The dental implant is divided into three parts – the screw, abutment, and crown. Once the jawbone and gums have grown around the screw, the abutment is placed onto the screw. The abutment is the middleman, so to speak, to connect the screw to the crown. The crown is placed onto the abutment, and you can boast a brand-new smile!
Make an appointment with your Warner Robins dentist about dental implants!
Are you ready to have a smile you love?! Make an appointment today with Dr. Strandburg to determine if dental implants are right for you: 478-287-2179. If you missed parts one and two in our three-part series about dental implants, make sure you check them out: