Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for people with missing teeth. They not only restore the aesthetics of your smile but also improve your oral health and overall well-being. The dental implant process involves a few key steps, including consultation, implant placement, and aftercare. In this article, we’ll explore each of these steps in detail and discuss the technology the Drs. Larson in Prescott Valley, AZ, use to ensure a successful and long-lasting dental implant procedure.
The first step in the dental implant process is the consultation with Dr. Larson. During this appointment, Drs. Larson will evaluate your teeth, gums, and bone structure to determine if dental implants are right for you. they’ll also discuss your oral health history, goals, and expectations for the procedure.
We’ll likely take X-rays or use digital scans to create 3D images of your mouth, which helps our dentists visualize the implant placement and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs. Dr. Larson will explain the procedure, answer any questions you may have, and discuss your options for sedation dentistry if you’re feeling nervous.
Once you’ve decided to move forward with dental implants, the next step is the implant placement. Your implant dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area, and in some cases, may use sedation to help you relax and remain still during the procedure. They will then make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the bone underneath.
Next, Dr. Larson will drill a small hole into the bone and place the implant, which is a small titanium post, into the hole. Over time, the implant will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This process can take several months, during which time you may be fitted with a temporary restoration to help you eat and speak normally.
Once the implant has fused with the bone, Dr. Larson will attach an abutment, which is a small connector that attaches the implant to the replacement tooth. They will then take impressions of your mouth to create a custom-made dental replacement.
After the implant procedure, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and using an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infection. Dr. Larson may also recommend regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure the health of your gums and the longevity of your implants.
The Drs. Larson use state-of-the-art technology to ensure the success of your dental implant procedure. They may use digital scans to create 3D images of your mouth, which helps them visualize the implant placement and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
They also use computer-guided implant placement, which allows for precise placement of the implants and reduces the risk of complications during the procedure. Dr. Larson can also use sedation technology to help you relax during the procedure and ensure your comfort.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from living your best life. Drs. Seth & Zack Larson in Prescott Valley, AZ, can help restore your smile and your oral health with dental implants. Imagine the confidence and joy that come with a healthy, beautiful smile.
Take the first step towards the smile you need to live your best life. Call 928-237-9064 to schedule a consultation with one of our implant dentists and learn more about how dental implants can transform your life.