Dental Implant Treatment Timeline
By J. Brent Gorrell on February 19, 2012
When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it can do more than affect the appearance of your smile. In fact, a single missing tooth can have major consequences for your overall dental health. Your remaining teeth may shift out of place over time, and gum recession and bone loss can occur in the area of the tooth gap. To restore the beauty of your smile as well as your ability to chew normally, it's important that you visit a Palo Alto cosmetic dentistry center to learn about your options for tooth replacement. One of the best options out there is dental implants.
About Dental Implants (Implant Dentistry)
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically rooted into your jawbone and gum tissue. Once securely fused with the structures of your mouth, the dental implants will be able to securely hold dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures.
There are a few steps in the dental implants process that are necessary in order to ensure effective treatment. Overall, the dental implants process will require several months to complete. Let's look at the various steps in this process.
First Step of the Dental Implants Process - The Consultation
Before you can undergo surgery, our cosmetic dentist in Mountain View will first determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. Patients will need to have healthy jawbone structure and gum tissue in order to properly support the dental implants. If not, gum augmentation and bone grafting surgeries may help matters.
If you are deemed a candidate for dental implants, the next step is surgery. If you need to undergo gum or bone grafting, this will add a few months to treatment before a dental implant can even be placed.
Second Step of the Dental Implants Process - The Oral Surgery
During the oral surgery, the Palo Alto dental implants will be anchored into the jawbone and soft tissues. Patients will not feel anything during the surgery since local or general anesthetic will be used.
Third Step of the Dental Implants Process - Healing and Osseointegration
This is the most important part of the dental implants treatment process. This healing period will take three to six months, but it will be the time during which the dental implants become part of the bone and gum structures in your mouth. This is known as osseointegration, and it's a common part of any kind of implant or transplant surgery.
Final Step of the Dental Implants Process - Placing the Dental Restoration
Once you are fully healed, your dental implant or implants will be ready to support a dental restoration. The last step of the entire dental implants process is getting this final dental restoration created, fitted, and adjusted. After about six to nine months of treatment, you will have excellent smile makeover results thanks to dental implants.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they may be able to help you, be sure to contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Mountain View today. The entire team here is eager to discuss your many dental health goals in more detail.
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