As we walk around our office here at Triad Dentistry, we can’t help but notice all of the happy, restored smiles that greet us. Our teeth restoration patient’s love showing off their beautiful new replacement teeth. With each patient we speak to, they tell us about how they love the comfort and stability that comes with their new dental implants. We’re not the only ones who have noticed how happy our implant patients are. In fact, our current and prospective patients suffering from missing teeth have taken notice, and have begun to ask us many questions about the implant process. To answer these questions, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging today from Greensboro, NC to give a general overview of the dental implant process.
A Better Process for a New Age
The dental implant process is actually a rather straightforward method for restoring missing teeth. In fact, the process can be broken down into four steps, which include:
Every journey to a restored smile with dental implants begins with a consultation with Dr. Hatcher at his Greensboro, NC office. During your consultation, the doctor will perform a thorough examination to determine if you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants. Dr. Hatcher may also recommend bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation before moving forward with the treatment if you lack the foundation to support your implants.
During your procedure, Dr. Hatcher will make a small incision on your gums, exposing your jawbone. An implant fixture will then be placed in the empty spot left by your missing tooth, and the area will then be stitched up so that it can heal. An abutment and temporary replacement tooth may be placed at this point, though it is not unusual to wait until after the procedure before anything is attached to the implant fixture.
The Recovery Period
During the recovery period, osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and gums as a natural part of your jaw structure. This process is possible because dental implants are made from titanium, a metal the body doesn’t recognize as a foreign material.
Once the healing process has had enough time to finish, you will return to our practice so that Dr. Hatcher can place your replacement crown. An abutment will also be attached at this point if it wasn’t already placed directly after the procedure. The crowns we use to top our dental implants are custom made for each patient based on impressions we take of their natural teeth. This ensures that once your replacement teeth are in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hatcher
While it is true that the dental implant process can take longer than other restoration methods, the results possible with implants more than make up for this. Only dental implants provide permanent replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the dental implant process that you would like addressed, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher today.