Dental implants provide longevity. They’re a permanent solution for missing teeth, and better yet, they look just like your natural teeth. But it’s not as simple as walking into your oral surgeon’s office and ordering a set of dental implants.
Below are the five steps you will go through leading up to your dental implant procedure, so you know what to expect.
1. Compare Your Options
It’s not a given that dental implants will work for everyone. It might not be the right solution for you, and that’s why bridges and dentures are worth exploring.
While dental implants are the most permanent of the options, they are typically also the most expensive. Think about your eating habits, your comfort level, your vision for your tooth restoration and your budget — these will help you decide how to move forward.
2. General and Dental Health Exam
Before your oral surgeon begins the process of planning your procedure, they will want to take a close look at your medical record.
It’s essential that you are in good general health, and they will want to know about any specific dental health concerns before scheduling dental implant surgery. You will likely undergo an oral health exam at your oral surgeon’s office, and they will request the records they need from your dentist and/or doctor.
3. Assess Jawbone Density
Next, your oral surgeon will want to determine if your jawbone is dense enough to support an implant where you are missing a tooth.
If you lost your tooth years ago, it’s quite likely that the bone that used to support this tooth has begun to dissolve and be absorbed back into the body. After imaging tests, your oral surgeon may recommend that you undergo bone grafting prior to implant placement in order to help ensure the implant surgery is a success.
4. Placement Decision
Digital X-rays will also help your oral surgeon determine the exact path of the implant and where it will sit in your mouth. It’s important that they develop a clear plan in advance, especially if they are placing multiple implants.
5. Your Procedure
If you must have a bone graft before your implant, this will be scheduled first. Your implant procedure timeline will be based on how long it takes you to heal. It can take many months until your jawbone is ready for the abutment (the post where the crown will attach).
The crown will be formed to match the shape of your missing tooth, and once in place, it will be hard to tell which tooth is an implant and which is natural.
Are you ready for a permanent solution? Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery’s dental implants are the answer. We are available to answer all your questions and help you navigate the planning, execution and healing process with ease.