How Dental Implants Work – Midland, TX
How We Can Completely Repair Your Smile
Getting dental implants is a long, complex process, but the rewards of a healthier mouth and a full smile are absolutely worth it. At the beginning, we’ll plan the various steps and lay it all out for you so that you can be confident about the procedure as well as the expected timeline and estimated price. You can schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Christensen today by calling our team. To learn the basics of what to expect, keep reading.
Consultation & Preparation
During a consultation, we’ll take X-rays and check the overall health of your mouth; this is to make sure that dental implants are a viable option for you. Once we’ve confirmed that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, we can create your treatment plan. After that, you might be required to undergo some preparatory treatments. For example, we might need to remove the tooth that needs to be replaced, or you could need a bone graft to ensure that there’s enough tissue for a successful surgery.
Dental Implant Placement
The implant placement procedure will be scheduled once all of the necessary preparations have been made. (You may be able to have the surgery done immediately following a bone graft, but this is not always the case.) The implant post is surgically positioned in the jawbone, and a protective cap is placed on it. This cap is meant to keep the implant post safe while the mouth heals around it, which is a process that can take several months to complete.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
As you recover from the surgery, the bone in your jaw will slowly start to fuse with the titanium implant post. This gradual joining is called osseointegration, and it typically takes about three to six months; the amount of time depends on how many posts needed to be placed. The next step after a successful integration is to place abutments. These small devices are what we’ll use to attach your prosthetic tooth or teeth to your implants.
You’ll return to our practice for this final step. Any temporary restorations will be removed to make room for your new permanent teeth. Your crown, bridge, or dentures will be specially made so that they resemble real teeth so closely that most people won’t even realize that you’ve had dental work done.