More and more patients with missing teeth are choosing to go with dental implants for their teeth restoration treatments. This is because dental implants provide comfortable and stable replacement teeth and, best of all, they are completely permanent once in place. Dental implants are also capable of supporting other forms of teeth restoration treatment, providing more options for our patients suffering from a missing tooth or teeth. With results this great, one would think that the dental implant process must be very complicated. This is not true, however, and today, Dr. Seth Larson is blogging from his Prescott Valley, AZ office to detail the implant process and the steps involved.
The process to restoring your beautiful smile with dental implants is actually not all that complicated. In fact, it can be broken down into four steps, which include:
Every journey to a perfect restored smile begins with a consultation with Dr. Seth Larson at his Prescott Valley office. During your consultation, Dr. Larson will conduct a thorough examination to determine your candidacy for dental implants. The doctor may also recommend a supplementary procedure, such as bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation, before your implant procedure if you lack the needed jaw structure to support dental implants.
If you turn out to be a good candidate for dental implants, you will be ready to start the procedure. During your procedure, Dr. Larson will make a small incision on your gums, exposing the jawbone. The implant fixture will then be placed and the area stitched up for healing. The doctor may choose to attach an abutment and replacement tooth to your fixture at this point, however, it is not unusual to go without for the duration of the recovery period.
The most important part of the dental implant process, the recovery period is when osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and surrounding gums as a natural part of your anatomy. This is made possible because dental implants are made from titanium, a metal that the body does not recognize as a foreign material. It is this process that allows your implants to work and feel just like natural teeth.
Once the recovery process has completed, you will return to our office to have your abutment and replacement tooth attached. Our replacement teeth are modeled after your own natural teeth, ensuring that once in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between your artificial and natural teeth.
Dental implants are becoming popular not only because of the beautiful results they accomplish, but because of how easy it is to go about the implant process. While it is true that the dental implant process typically takes longer than dentures and dental bridges, our patients agree that the results are well worth the wait. If you would like to find out whether or not you might make a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Seth Larson today.