The Dental Implant Process
Are you considering dental implants? Our dentist works with specialists to help patients enjoy biocompatible and durable replacement teeth. The process for receiving dental implants is unique when compared to other tooth replacement methods. This is because a dental implant and an implant restoration replace both the root of a tooth and its crown.
The Dental Implant Consultation
Before receiving dental implants, a patient will need to consult with an implant dentist. The initial consultation is important for learning more about the procedure and to determine if one is a candidate for this type of tooth replacement treatment.
Determining candidacy involves taking digital X-rays and an oral examination. It is essential that patients have enough bone mass to support dental implants. Certain conditions like gum disease could affect the longevity and function of implants.
Placing a Dental Implant
Once a patient has been approved for dental implants, they will have their appointment scheduled for the implantation procedure. This procedure is not overly invasive, and some patients will only require a local anesthetic to enjoy comfortable treatment. For more complex procedures, prescription medication may be provided orally or through an IV to ensure a comfortable experience.
After an implant is placed, a person will enter a recovery phase of treatment. This phase may take several months. Implants are constructed from titanium and it takes time for the jawbone to fuse to their metal structure. Bone fusing to the implant is what makes dental implants so lifelike and durable. Patients will have routine follow-up appointments to monitor this process.
Attaching an Implant Restoration
During the recovery phase of treatment, many people will wear a temporary implant restoration. Once the implant is stabilized by bone, they can receive their permanent implant restoration. An implant restoration can include a dental crown or a bridge.
Our team develops these restorations to very precise specifications so that crowns or bridges perfectly complement a patient’s smile and their oral anatomy. These restorations, when made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, can look just like biological teeth.
If you have questions about implant restoration, call the office of Dr. Randy Parham to schedule a consultation with our team.