The entire dental implant process typically takes place over several months. Depending on each patient's needs, it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
The process can be relatively faster if you're receiving an entire set of teeth. But extra services like a bone graft or extraction can add more time. Here are the typical steps for getting a dental implant in Campbell, CA.
The dental implant procedure begins with an appointment with your dentist. During the appointment, the dentist will check the health of your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. This may include x-rays and possibly a CT Scan.
If no tooth extraction or bone grafting is needed, your dentist in Campbell can go straight to the second step. If tooth extraction is necessary, it can be done during the same appointment with implant placement.
However, if your tooth is extracted due to an infection or severe decay, your doctor may wait until you heal before placing the implant. On the other hand, a bone graft may be necessary if you have been missing a tooth for a long time.
At the end of the appointment, the dentist will provide you with a treatment plan and estimated costs. A dental implant consultation will take about an hour or more, depending on the complexity of your case.
The second step involves surgically placing the titanium implant into your jawbone. The implant is inserted into the bone, and a healing abutment is connected to the implant. Custom abutments are recommended for a more natural look along the gum line.
Also, the implant may need to be covered with a temporary crown or bridge to give the tooth the feel and function of a natural tooth. An x-ray may be taken to ensure a perfect fit and check the healing process. The dental placement procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours, and the recovery time is three to six months.
During the third appointment, the implant post is implanted into the jawbone. Then an impression of your mouth is made, and your new tooth is custom-made to fit the size, color, and shape of your mouth.
Your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site before making an incision in the gums to access the bone. The dentist will then screw the implant post into the bone and stitch the gums back in place. The post-surgery recovery begins once the dental post is secured. This step typically takes two visits a few weeks apart.
Vino Smiles Dentistry is currently offering a new patient special. Make your next appointment to take advantage of this offer before it expires. You can also visit our practice in Campbell, CA, or call us at (408) 320-5251 to speak with Dr. Christopher Rodriguez.