The Dental Implant Process
Are you considering getting dental implants? You probably have a lot of questions about what to expect. Will placing them be easy? How long is the recovery time? Will anyone be able to tell that these are implants?
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants in Coraopolis, PA, give us a call! We’ll walk you through the process and help you feel ready.
In the meantime, here’s an idea of what you can expect:
Step one – Consultation
The first part of the process is making sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. We have great news, by the way. Most people are! Even if your bone isn’t currently healthy or strong enough for dental implants, we can discuss procedures that will build up your bone so you can get a dental implant in the future.
Step two – Implant Placement
The next step is the actual placing of the implant. The implant itself is a small titanium screw that we place into the bone beneath the gums in the space left by your missing tooth. After the procedure, as the area heals, your implant actually becomes a permanent part of your bone structure.
This is what gives implants their unique advantages over other tooth replacement options:
- Implants are strong and secure
- We don’t have to make changes to perfectly healthy teeth.
- The post functions as an artificial root, helping the bone maintain its density and protecting your other teeth.
Step three – Healing
This part of the process takes the longest, usually several months. How long it takes for the implant to heal and integrate will depend on a number of individual factors, including the location of the implant, which type of implant is used, and your own personal health. Dr. Ryan Rupert will check in with you while you are healing to make sure everything is going well.
Step four – Restoration
This is the part that everyone looks forward to! Once the implant has sufficiently healed, we will connect it to your new replacement tooth! Each new tooth is custom-designed to match well among your other teeth so nobody can tell the difference. We trust our restorations to a top-quality laboratory that we know will always provide our patients with the very best, most natural-looking restorations.
If you have multiple teeth to replace, we can discuss other options as well, which could include implant-retained bridges or dentures.