|Dental Implant Placement
At HomeTown Dental at Alliance, we practice restorative dentistry to help people with damaged or missing teeth improve their oral health and function. Restorative dentistry involves replacing your teeth with dentures, crowns, and bridges. However, most of these procedures do not offer long-term stability unless you go through dental implant placement – the golden standard of teeth replacement.
What Happens Before Dental Implant Placement?
Dental implant replacement is not a one-sitting procedure. The first step is to attend an initial consultation with our dental experts, Dr. Monjit S. Guram and , at HomeTown Dental at Alliance. At this stage, they will check your medical history and perform dental exams, and take x-rays and 3D images to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
You are eligible for this procedure only if your gums are healthy and your jawbone has adequate strength to support implants. If not, you might have to go through a few other medical procedures before the placement of dental implants. For example, Dr. Monjit S. Guram first treats you for any existing gum disease. You may also require a bone graft or sinus lift to strengthen your jawbone. Plus, they may also ask you to stop smoking and follow a daily oral health routine before the procedure.
What Happens During Dental Implant Placement?
This is the phase of your first implant surgery. At HomeTown Dental at Alliance, Dr. Monjit S. Guram will use IV sedation or local anesthesia to make the process as painless as possible. Each implant takes around one to two hours, which means the total time of the surgery depends on the number of implants you need.
Dr. Monjit S. Guram will cut into your gum and jawbone to make room for the dental implants. Then, they will position the dental implants onto the bone, close the cuts, and disinfect the wounds.
What Happens After Dental Implant Placement?
After the first surgery, you have to wait for the bone to heal and fuse with the implants in a process known as osseointegration. This process takes almost two to three months, during which you must remain careful with your jaw. Your jaw heals faster if you follow these precautions:
After the osseointegration process, you have to undergo another surgery to fix abutments onto your dental implants. They are the connecting hooks between your dental implants and artificial crowns. The abutment surgery is not as invasive as the first one, but your jaw still needs at least two weeks to heal.
The time to regain your smile finally comes after you recover from the abutment surgery. Dr. Monjit S. Guram takes your mouth’s impression to design artificial teeth or crowns for your dental implants.
Get Started on Dental Implant Placement Today
The detailed overview of dental implant placement helps you know what to expect if you opt for it. Feel free to contact us at (682) 312-6878 if you have any more questions regarding the procedure.