If you’re planning to replace your missing teeth with implant supported dentures, congratulations. You’ve made an excellent choice in tooth replacement. Implant retained dentures are far more secure than those that merely sit on top of your gums, and that means there’s no need to worry about them slipping around or falling out at inopportune moments. And, because dental implants also replace the tooth’s root, your jawbone maintains the stimulation it needs to stay healthy — which means you’re at less risk for more tooth loss later on.
It’s best to know what’s involved with the dental implant procedure. Read on to learn what you can expect during the entire process.
The Initial Consultation
In your first visit for dental implants with Dr. Buck, you’ll have impressions and x-rays taken of your mouth. These help us to create a treatment plan that’s just right for you and your unique teeth. During this visit, we’ll also make sure you have adequate existing jawbone in order to support the dental implants. This appointment is your chance to make your dentist aware of any relevant medical information, and to ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure.
The First Surgery
The first surgery is when most of the big work takes place. It’s when the actual implant is implanted into your jawbone, and you’ll be under general anaesthesia for this part. After he makes a small incision in your gum, Dr. Buck will drill a hole in the exposed bone, place the implant and close the area with stitches. This process is repeated with each implant. After the surgery is complete, you’ll be given a recovery period of three to six months, during which the implant will fuse with the jawbone — a process known as osseointegration.
The Second Surgery
In the second surgery, your dentist will open up the gums to show the tops of the implants — the part that will hold the dentures. Once those are exposed, a collar or cap is placed on top to guide healing. After 10 to 14 days, that healing collar is replaced with regular abutments and another impression will be taken to create your dentures.
The Final Step
At this point, the hard work is over and you’re so close to your new smile. During your final visit with Dublin dental implant dentist Dr. Buck, a metal bar will be placed on the abutments and you can try on your dentures for the first time. If no last-minute adjustments are needed, your dentures will be permanently secured in place — and we know you’ll be smiling brighter than ever before!
If you’re considering implant-supported implants in the Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Plain City, Marysville or Columbus, OH area, call Dr. Buck’s office today — the team at Distinctive Smiles will work to give you the sturdy, beautiful smile you deserve.