Deciding to move forward on your dental implant therapy is an exciting time. Implants give you permanent, reliable, natural-feeling teeth that you’ll be able to enjoy for the rest of your life. During your treatment it’s important to know what to prepare for so that you can make the most of the process and speed your recovery.
Traditional dental implant placement is done in two different phases. After your exam and consultation, the initial placement of your implant roots is done in a separate appointment, with local anesthesia. Many people choose to also take advantage of options like oral sedation or sleep dentistry, but it’s not completely necessary. The titanium implants are placed into the jaw in the location of the previous tooth roots. They are then covered and left alone so that the area can heal properly and new bone formation can occur around them, a process called osseointegration. An impression of your mouth will be made, and a temporary (yet aesthetically pleasing) restoration will be placed for the time being.
Once osseointegration has occurred, you’ll return back for a second visit about 3-6 months later. At this appointment, the surface of the implants will be uncovered and an abutment will be placed into the opening near the top of the implant. Your permanent restoration (such as a crown or bridge) will then be permanently cemented onto this abutment, giving you the final results of your therapy.
Some dentists also offer “same day” dental implants, which are placed and restored all in one appointment. These types of implants are used in specific areas for specific types of needs. Call your dentist to find out which type of implants are best for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
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