When living with untreated tooth loss, your confidence and quality of life significantly decline due to the empty space. To restore a complete smile, you have made the choice to invest in your oral health with dental implants in Richardson. Although you are excited to replace your missing teeth, it is natural to be a bit concerned about the process because it does involve surgery. To put your worries to rest, this step-by-step guide outlines the procedure to help you understand what you can expect.
Step 1: Consultation
Dental implants offer over a 95% success rate when performed on the ideal candidate and with the right aftercare. To ensure that they are the right option for you, you will need an evaluation to examine your tooth loss, oral health, and bone density. In addition to a visual examination, diagnostic images, like x-rays or a CT scan will be taken. Your medical and lifestyle history will also be discussed.
Step 2: Specialist Referral
In some cases, you may need to be referred to a specialist prior to undergoing the implant process due to the need for additional procedures, like tooth extractions or bone grafting. The specialist will work closely with the implant dentist to ensure that you are properly healed prior to having the implant posts placed.
Step 3: Implant Post Placement
A local anesthesia is used to help minimize discomfort during the first phase of the treatment. In some cases, a sedative may also be recommended. The gum tissue is opened to expose the jawbone. Then, a small hole is drilled into the bone and the post is placed into it. The gum tissue is then sutured closed to allow the healing process to begin.
Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will begin to fuse to the implant post. After adequate healing has occurred, you will be scheduled for the second phase of the procedure.
Step 4: Abutment Placement
An abutment is needed to attach the custom-made crown to the dental implant post. This second minor surgery involves opening the gum tissue to expose the implant post. The abutment is attached, and the gum tissue will begin to heal around it to help seal out infection while creating a natural-looking appearance.
Step 5: Restoration Phase
About two weeks after the abutment has been placed, impressions are used to create your custom-made restoration. It will be made from all-ceramic material, so it will look natural while being durable. The crown is attached in a single appointment, allowing you to walk out of the office with a complete smile.
Restore Your Smile Today
If you are ready to regain your confidence with a complete smile, it is time to see if dental implants are the right solution for you.
About Dr. Meredith G. Davis
Dr. Meredith G. Davis received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Now, she provides high-quality care through specialized services, including advanced procedures, like dental implants. If you have any questions about your options to replace your missing teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.