Our patients frequently ask about dental implants and what is necessary to get implants. The process behind this very popular dental procedure is not complicated. However, it does require healing time between the steps of the treatment.
The first step in getting dental implants is to consult with our Huntington Beach dentist. After examining your teeth and gums, our dentist will decide if you are healthy enough for implants.
On the day of your procedure, phase one of your implants begins. Our dental implants dentist and other staff members will be on hand to help you through the process.
• We will start with a local anesthetic to numb the agrea, and then our dentist cleans and prepares the area. If you are unusually nervous or upset about this procedure, please tell our dentist. There are types of dental sedation to help you relax during the surgery. These are safe, easy to control and will not leave you impaired.
• Next, our dentist places a small screw, typically titanium, into your tooth’s empty socket. If necessary, our dentist will also anchor the implanted screw into place with several dissolvable stitches. Our dentist repeats the process until all empty sockets hold a titanium screw.
• It is important that you observe careful dental hygiene. It is necessary to keep the implant area clean as you wait for the screw to fuse with your jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, is the body accepting the implanted screw. All patients heal at different rates, so our dentist cannot predict precisely how long this process will take.
• Once your incision heals, the next step is for our dentist to attach a small abutment on the screw. Our dentist places a porcelain crown on top of the abutment, and the implant process is complete. Your new tooth blends well with the other teeth and feels natural.
If you think you might benefit from dental implants, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.