Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are a highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. This unique treatment provides numerous benefits over traditional bridges and partial dentures. Not only do implants restore the functions of your missing teeth and your beautiful smile, but they also restore stimulation to the jawbone, stopping and preventing bone loss. The procedure for getting dental implants may seem more involved than traditional treatments, but here at High Plains Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we believe the benefits make it worthwhile.
The Initial ConsultationBefore you can undergo dental implant surgery, we first need to determine that you are a good candidate. During your initial consultation, we examine the condition of your mouth as well as take x-rays. These images allow us to assess the bone volume in your jaw and determine if a bone graft is needed prior. If the tooth has been gone for several years this is a possibility. We will also discuss your medical history as well as your lifestyle habits. Having certain conditions like hypertension or diabetes will not disqualify you, but your conditions will need to be well controlled. Occasional smoking will not disqualify you either, but if you cannot quit for good, you will need to be able to cut back significantly for the duration of your procedure as well as your recovery.
Dental Implant SurgeryDental implant surgery is done under local anesthetic and/or sedation. The procedure requires moving the gum tissue. The site is prepared to receive the implant or artificial root made from titanium alloy. Finally, temporary healing buttons and sometimes temporary crowns or teeth are placed on the implant, helping to restore some of the esthetics of your mouth while you heal. These temporary crowns are simply for looks and for gum tissue manipulation or training for the final crown provided by your dentist.
Post-Surgical RecoveryBefore you leave after surgery, you are provided with written and verbal aftercare instructions. These instructions are designed to help you deal with common post-surgical issues such as pain and swelling. These instructions will also provide instructions for limiting activities as well as what to eat, and what to avoid. As you heal, you will slowly be able to resume your normal activities and diet. As you heal, your bone fuses to the implant. This is a process, known as osseointegration, allows the implant to become a strong, stable support for your final crown. Following your instructions will help to reduce the risk of issues occurring that can interfere with healing or even cause complete implant failure. Regular follow-up visits are scheduled to ensure that you are healing properly.
Getting Your Implant RestorationsAfter you have fully healed from surgery and your implants have completely integrated, we can then begin the process of placing your final implant restorations. This usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, we remove the temporary teeth or healing button. Our office utilizes a digital intraoral scanner to allow us to take impressions of your mouth without a mouthful of “gloop”. These impressions are then emailed to the lab to 3D print your case for the final crown. Once the crown is ready, you will return to our office. We will place your restoration onto the implant to ensure fit and esthetics. We will place a small temporary filling in the crown and send you to your dentist for final adjustments and night guard fabrication to protect your new tooth and investment. We aim to make the implant process as straightforward and simple as possible for everyone involved. Call High Plains Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today at (806) 686-1366 to learn more and find out if dental implants are right for you.