If you have made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you join more than 500,000 people who choose the most preferred tooth replacement solution each year. Dental implants offer exceptional benefits that cannot be matched by other tooth replacement options. However, in order to gain a complete smile with dental implants, you will have to undergo a rather lengthy treatment process. As a dentist for dental implants in Toledo, we understand that you have questions about the procedure. We have the answers to your questions about the dental implant process.
Where Can I Get Dental Implants?
If you are interested in dental implants, your first step is to have a consultation with your dentist who specializes in implant dentistry to see if you are a candidate for the procedure. Dental Group West performs the consultation and examination necessary to see if dental implants are right for you. We will evaluate the health of your gums, lifestyle factors, medical history, and bone density to determine your risk factors for implant failure. If you are a suitable candidate with minimal risk, we will create a customized treatment plan, which may include additional procedures, such as bone grafting.
What is the Procedure Like?
After you have a treatment plan, we will refer you to our recommended oral surgeon to begin the first phase of treatment. The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum to insert titanium implant posts into the jawbone. The gum will then be sutured closed and the healing process will begin.
Over the next couple of months, your jawbone will heal to the implant posts. Once your jaw has fully healed, you will visit the oral surgeon again to have the abutments placed. The gum will be reopened to expose the implant posts. The abutments are attached to the posts to allow the gum tissue to heal correctly, while also allowing the restorations to be placed. Your gum will be closed around the abutments.
About two weeks after your abutments have been placed, you will come back to our office to begin the final phase of treatment. The final step to replacing your missing teeth involves placing your restorations. We will attach your custom-made dental crowns to the abutments to fully restore your smile.
After your entire procedure is complete, you will require a follow-up appointment to ensure your healing correctly. In addition, you will need to visit our office every few months for professional cleanings and checkups while we also monitor the success of your implants.
Benefit from Dental Implants Today
Dental implants have quickly become the most preferred solution to treat tooth loss because the success rate is nearly 100 percent. You will benefit from a permanent solution for tooth loss with an option that closely mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth.
If you are ready to start the process to receive dental implants, contact Dental Group West to schedule your consultation. We will create a customized treatment plan to start your path to a complete smile.