To begin your journey to a complete and beautiful smile, you’ll first meet with Dr. Platt for a consultation. This consultation is an initial meeting and examination to decide if implants are the best option for you as well as what your treatment plan will look like.
Dr. Platt will assess the health of your gums and your jawbone to determine your unique needs. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and express your desires for your new smile.
Your natural teeth keep your jawbone strong on a daily basis through normal activities. Without a natural tooth, the bone density of your jaw can begin to deteriorate. This affects the shape of your face, the integrity of your other teeth, and causes many health concerns.
Supplemental procedures aim to restore your bone density so you can receive dental implants. You may need a sinus lift or a bone graft depending on the location of your missing tooth.
Once your oral health and jawbone density is ready for the implant process, Dr. Platt can begin by placing the fixture. The fixture is usually made of titanium because of its biocompatible properties — living bone tissue bonds with the titanium through osseointegration, so your implant will be secure.
The rest of your implant can’t be placed immediately because this integration takes time. While your jaw heals and performs osseointegration, we’ll give you a temporary restoration for protection.
The surgery itself doesn’t take very long, but the healing process, as well as osseointegration, takes up the most time in the dental implant process. While waiting can be difficult, this is the most important part of the procedure.
Making sure your surgical site heals completely before placing the rest of the implant increases the likelihood of its success.
Dental implants are placed in a multi-step process. The first step of the dental implants process is the consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you. The next step of the process is the oral surgery in which the dental implants will be placed. The third step is the healing and recovery period, during which time the dental implants fuse with your actual mouth structures. The final step will be the placement of the final dental restoration.
The dental implants process will take up to several months from beginning to end, and will vary from patient to patient. This duration is necessary to ensure the dental implants are properly integrated with the jawbone and gum tissue.
Once osseointegration has finished, you’ll be ready to receive the rest of your permanent implant. You’ll be able to smile confidently without having to worry about anyone knowing you ever lost a tooth.
To learn more about dental implants or the process, call our office by dialing 719-355-7420 or send us a message through the contact form available on this page. A friendly member of our staff will be with you shortly.