Many of our patients think that the dental implant placement process is complicated. Contrary to this belief, dental implants can be easily placed at your doctor’s office in just four simple steps: 1) the initial examination, 2) placing the fixture (or root piece), 3) attaching the middle (or abutment piece), and 4) connecting the top piece or crown. Below is a more detailed description of each of the four stages.
Step 1: Once you decide dental implants are the route you want to take, you will schedule an examination with Dr. Zingalis. During this initial appointment, your mouth and jawbone will be measured and x-rayed to determine where the best location will be for your dental implant/s. You will then talk about the steps for your placement and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have.
Step 2: A small incision will be made in your gum tissue. Next, a small titanium fixture will be eased into a small hole in your jawbone. The incision will be closed and you will be sent home to heal.
Step 3: After your implants have healed properly, you will return to have a small piece called an abutment attached to the fixture. The abutment is a middle piece between the fixture and the crown. During this stage, we will begin crafting your new replacement tooth to perfectly match your natural teeth.
Step 4: The final step in the implants process is for the crown to be placed on the abutment piece. Once this happens, you will be able to take advantage of your strong and stable new replacement tooth.
When dental implants are successfully placed into jawbone tissues, osseointegration occurs. This term refers to the connection between the bone in your jaw and the implant as it heals. The metal part of the implant is placed into your jawbone, then the bone attaches itself to the implant root, growing into and around the titanium to support it. Without this process, your dental implants would not be anywhere near as strong and stable.
The total time for the dental implant process depends on the number of implants and where in your mouth the dental implants will be placed. In general, a single dental implant placement usually takes about an hour. The healing then usually takes approximately three to six months. However, supplemental procedures like bone grafting and gum tissue augmentation could add additional healing time.
Dental implants are a great way to fix your smile and rebuild your self-esteem. Want to know more about what makes a good candidate or how you can pay for your dental implants? Feel free to read through the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or call our San Antonio, TX office and speak to one of our friendly staff members. Dr. Zingalis can’t wait to help you restore a natural-looking smile with dental implants today!.