Getting a dental implant is one of the most complex treatments you can get for missing tooth replacement. The structure of a dental implant replaces both the exterior of a natural tooth, as well as its roots. The implant takes over the role of the missing tooth, and it will be fitted with a natural-looking crown.
As effective as it is, many patients are discouraged from choosing this treatment because they don’t know what to expect. Dental implants often seem like a huge commitment, and they do involve a multi-stage process.
However, we will break down the treatment into separate steps, so you have a better idea of what happens once you decide to get an implant and the dentist says you are eligible for it.
Step 1: Initial Assessment & Extraction (1 Visit to the Doctor)
During the initial consultation, the doctor will determine if you are eligible for a dental implant. They will explain the process and most probably take x-rays to check the bone tissue, roots that might have to be removed, and so on. If there are any remains of the tooth you want to replace, they will be extracted.
Step 2: Getting a Bone Graft (Optional)
If your bone tissue has receded and the dentist decides you need a bone graft, you will get one. Once you get the tissue graft, you need to wait for a few months until it’s solid enough.
Step 3: Getting the Implant
Once your jaw bone is strong enough to support the implant, the dentist will insert it into the bone tissue. They will then suture the gum tissue over the implant to protect it during the following healing period. Healing, and osseointegration, typically takes between 3 and 6 months.
Step 4: Fitting the Abutment, Healing Collar, and Temporary Crown
Once the implant is firmly integrated into your jaw bone structure, you can get the abutment. It’s a connector that will hold the crown (an artificial tooth). A healing collar will help the gum tissue heal properly and prepare for the permanent crown, and a temporary crown will help you both in the healing process, and esthetically.
Step 5: Getting Your Permanent Crown
The last step when getting a dental implant is to have the permanent dental crown attached to the implant through the abutment. The crown will be designed to fit your smile perfectly and to function like a real tooth.
Book an Appointment Today
If you are interested in getting a dental implant and you would like to find out if you’re a candidate, book an appointment with one of the doctors at Goldstein Garber & Salama - First Class Wellness and Cosmetic Dentistry in Atlanta. We will let you know everything there is to know and present the best treatment for your case.
Contact us now to schedule your initial appointment.