You’ve probably seen commercials about dental implants, and I bet you’ve also read numerous articles regarding dental implants.
The only problem with a lot of online information regarding dental implants restorations-- the focus is on results, but it doesn’t really give you much information on the process of getting dental implants.
If you’re considering dental implants, you obviously want the end result (a healthier mouth, a more beautiful smile, etc.), but how do you get from where you are now to where you want to be?
In this article, we’re going to discuss the dental implant restoration process.
If you’re anywhere in the Northwest area of Atlanta (in or around Marietta, Powder Springs or West Cobb) and are interested in sitting down face to face to discuss the dental implant procedure with Dr. Mohip, give our office a call or contact us here to schedule your implants consultation.
What are dental implants?
We’re not going to spend much time here, but there is one common misconception we want to clear up….
A dental implant isn’t actually a replacement tooth per se; it is a replacement tooth root or foundation.
What do we mean by that?
Well, a dental implant is actually a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone, which then integrates with the jawbone through the process of osseointegration (that’s a fancy word that means the titanium implant is securely connected to your jawbone).
A lot of people refer to a dental crown as an implant, but a crown is simply the tooth restoration that adheres to the top of a dental implant so that you are able to chew effectively, and also gives you that great smile you’re looking for.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move along to the actual dental implant restoration process at Shining Smiles.
The dental implant process in layman’s terms
The best way to fully understand the process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mohip.
She will be able to answer any and all questions you have regarding the dental implant process. She is one of the most caring, compassionate dentists in the area (just take a look at our patient reviews).
That being said, if you aren’t quite ready to schedule your consultation, we want to give you a little more information about how the process works.
Special note: Every patient is different, and we are not saying this is exactly what will happen during your procedure. This is a general overview of the process after a patient decides to move forward.
Obviously each step of the process involves communication with Dr. Mohip and careful planning. We’re going to provide an overview of the general steps involved in a dental implant restoration at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry in Marietta, GA.
Before you can receive a new dental implant, your damaged tooth (or teeth) must be removed.
This process is fairly straightforward, as it simply involves removing any remnants of damaged teeth that could interfere with the successful outcome of implants.
Since a dental implant is inserted directly into your jawbone, it must be adequately prepared for surgery.
In many cases, this involves some level of bone grafting to ensure you have enough bone to support dental implants. In cases where there isn’t enough bone and bone grafting isn’t an option, mini dental implants may be used.
After your jawbone has been prepped, dental implants are then placed into your jawbone.
It’s important to remember that the dental implant procedure is considered oral surgery, and thus, it may require several months of healing after the implants are placed before they are ready for the abutment and crown (or bridge).
Once the jawbone has healed and the implants have integrated into the jawbone securely, abutments and crowns are placed on top of the implant to complete the restoration.
While dental implants are the best way for many patients to restore their smile, the process typically lasts anywhere from 3-9 months, on average (each patient is different). The good news is that we can provide you with a set of temporaries so that you don’t go around for months without any teeth!
Want to schedule your consultation?
While we would love to cover everything imaginable regarding dental implants in a single article, it simply isn’t possible!
Every situation is unique, which is why it’s important to schedule a dental implants consultation with Dr. Mohip in order to discuss your goals, and what is most important to you regarding your smile and oral health.
To schedule your dental implants consultation, give our office a call today or contact us via our website to get the process started.
Of course, there is no obligation. We simply want to discuss your options and see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. At the end of the day, we want to use our expertise and experience to help you achieve the functional, aesthetically-pleasing smile of your dreams!
Curious to read more about dental implants? Visit our webpage here dedicated exclusively to dental implants.