If you’re learning about dental implants for the first time, you may find the process of undergoing treatment to be a bit intimidating. Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois understand your hesitation at first, but once you learn about the process in better detail, we’re sure that you’ll feel far more confident about this comprehensive and long-lasting tooth replacement method. In fact, when performed by a professional, you can expect a highly successful treatment outcome. To learn more, you can call to set up a consultation!
When you first arrive, we’ll need to perform a detailed examination of your mouth and underlying bone tissue. This way, we can confirm if your jaw is strong enough to hold dental implants or if preparatory treatments are necessary to ensure the most successful outcome possible. For example, if you have been missing teeth for a long time, your jaw bone may have broken down too much, meaning that a bone graft is needed to expand your healthy bone tissue. Alternatively, we can provide treatment for other present conditions, including gum disease. Once we’ve completed your consultation, we can begin planning your tooth replacement.
After administering local anesthetic to ensure the most comfortable experience possible, a small incision is made inside of your gum tissue. From there, a small hole is created in the jaw in order to make room for the titanium implant. The implant is then placed and the gum tissue is stitched close, allowing your bone and gums to slowly heal around the prosthetic root. The length of your surgery will vary depending on the number of implants you need to have placed. Thanks to the local anesthetic, you should not experience discomfort of any kind during your surgery.
Dental implants typically take four to six months to fully integrate with your bone tissue. This process is called osseointegration and is exactly what gives your tooth replacement unmatched stability and longevity. After several months have passed, an abutment can be safely placed on top of the implants. The abutment is meant to act as a connector for your permanent restoration. Once the abutment has been placed, the gum tissue will need an additional two to three weeks of healing before a restoration is attached. Our restorations are designed using digital impression technology, ensuring the best-fitting tooth replacement possible.
At your final appointment, your dental implants should be fully healed inside your jaw and ready to receive your permanent crown, bridge or denture. Our implant-retained restorations are made with tooth- and gum-colored materials, depending on the type of restoration you’re receiving. This includes high-quality porcelain color-matched to your enamel’s current shade and acrylics that blend in with your gum tissue (if you’re receiving a denture.) Before you leave, we’ll make sure that the restoration feels comfortable and looks exactly how you want it to. We’ll also go over the best techniques to keep your restoration and implants clean and free of dental plaque.