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Patient's Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

May 29, 2024
Patient's Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are today's most advanced type of tooth replacement. They can help patients regain a healthy smile that looks and feels natural.

Patients thinking about getting dental implants may feel uneasy about the procedure. Luckily, it is much more straightforward than anticipated. Our step-by-step guide will help you know what to expect.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Step 1: Patient Consultation

Your first appointment will be a consultation with your implant dentist. Your dentist will help you decide on the best solution for missing or damaged teeth.

They will take high-resolution digital X-rays to determine whether you are a good candidate for the implant procedure and check your jaw's anatomy and strength.

Step 2: Extractions

Next, your dentist will extract damaged teeth to make way for the replacements. We perform most extractions in our office for your convenience.

Step 3: Bone Grafts

You may need a bone graft procedure if your imaging scans indicate low bone density. An oral surgeon places ground and sterilized bone material in your jawbone, covering it with a dissolvable membrane and leaving it to heal. The material becomes a scaffold for new, healthy bones to grow. Within six months, your graft will have strengthened your jawbone enough to place the implant.

Step 4: Placing the Implant Post

The dentist uses a unique tool to make a small opening in the bone and inserts a titanium anchor. The post bonds with the bone to create a rock-solid foundation for your new implant.

Step 5: Abutment Placement

After a few months of healing, the dentist places a cap or abutment atop the implant post. The abutment will support the final crown restoration.

Step 6: Placing the Restoration

The abutment will heal before the final step. Your dentist will create an attractive crown, bridge, or denture that matches your natural teeth and then secure it.

The Healing Process

Follow your dentist's post-surgical instructions to ensure proper healing. Many patients feel discomfort for only a few weeks after the procedure. After the first seven to ten days, you should be able to eat most of the foods you usually enjoy.

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

After your implants have healed, they need no more care than healthy natural teeth. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist as required.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

How long do dental implants last?

The implant post itself may last decades to a lifetime. Due to normal wear, the restoration on top may need replacement every ten to fifteen years.

How uncomfortable is implant surgery?

Advanced procedures and anesthesia have made the implant procedure more comfortable than ever. Many patients opt for sedation, especially if they are having more than one implant done. Others find that local anesthesia is sufficient.

Call Davis Gribble Hollowwa Dental

If you've been thinking about dental implants, we would happily answer your questions and help you understand whether this procedure is the right choice. Please call our Albuquerque, NM, office at 505-898-1976 to schedule your consultation.

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