If you are missing one or several teeth, you may have heard that dental implants can be an effective option for restoring the integrity of your smile. More people are turning to dental implants, and Dr. Steven M. Balloch has helped hundreds of patients pursue dental implants at his Hartford cosmetic dentistry office. Of course it’s only natural to have questions about the process, especially what is involved in the process and what the timeline will look like for recovery.
Preparing for the Dental Implant
The first step in the dental implants treatment process is determining if you are a good candidate for the procedure. An ideal dental implant candidate will have healthy gums and a strong jawbone that is able to support the implants. During your initial examination, Dr. Balloc h can assess your dental situation and offer treatment options so you can make an informed decision.
If implants are a possibility, Dr. Balloch will refer you to an oral surgeon or perio dontist for an evaluation. With Dr. Balloc h's restorative guidance, the ideal implant position(s) will be determined as well as any grafting that may be necessary. When bone grafting is indicated, it is usually the first step in the process and requires a few months healing time.
Placing the Dental Implant and Osseointegration
Once it has been determined that you are ready for the implant procedure and any necessary bone grafts are completed, an oral surgeon or periodontist will place the required number of implants into your jawbone. The implant will act as artificial tooth root, and can support crowns, bridges, and denture like appliances.
If your implant is in the front of your month where appearance is important, Dr. Balloch can make a temporary appliance so you are able to smile and chew food. Once the implant (s) is placed, time must be allowed for the bone to heal around the implant - we use the term osseointegration - usually for about three months. Osseointegration is critical to the success of the implant, and cannot be rushed.
Fitting Your Dental Crown or Bridge
Undoubtedly the part of the dental implant process that you are looking forward to the most is the full restoration of your smile. This is actually the last step in the dental implant process. Once the implant surgeon has determined that healing is completed, Dr. Balloch can make the necessary crown, bridge or appliance that the implant(s) will support, depending on your individual needs. The only thing you will notice is how comfortable, stable, and natural your new implant supported restorations will feel.
Depending on your individual needs; the possibility of grafting, healing time, and the type and extend of the restorations, your implant restorations can take anywhere from five to twelve months to complete.
Contact Your Dental Implant Specialist Today
Now you have an idea of what the dental implant process is like - but no two smiles are exactly alike, and everyone’s experience is different. To schedule a consultation and learn more about your dental implant options, contact our cosmetic dentistry office today.