1. Consultation and Evaluation
Your journey begins with a consultation and evaluation at Taher Family Dental in Worcester County. During this initial appointment:
- Your concerns and goals are discussed with our experienced dentist or oral surgeon.
- A thorough examination of your mouth and jawbone is performed, often including X-rays and 3D scans to assess your suitability for dental implants.
- Once this information is obtained, Dr. Taher will plan your implant on the computer before you come in. With the latest technology we have, we’re able to 3D print a surgical guide that will provide the exact location of where the implant should go. This makes for a more accurate and easier implant placement appointment.
- We review your medical history and current medications to ensure a safe and successful implant procedure.
2. Pre-Surgical Preparation
Depending on your specific situation, preparatory steps may be necessary:
- If your jawbone isn’t strong enough to support implants, bone grafting may be recommended to fortify the area.
- If any remaining teeth need removal to make space for implants, tooth extraction may be performed.
- If you have underlying medical conditions, consultation with your physician may be required to ensure your suitability for surgery.
3. Implant Placement Surgery
The pivotal stage of the dental implant process involves the surgical placement of the implants:
- You’ll receive local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
- An incision is made in your gum tissue to expose the jawbone, followed by the creation of a small hole for the implant.
- The implant, typically made of titanium, is carefully inserted into the bone and secured in place.
- The surgical site is closed with stitches most of the time.
4. Healing and Integration
After surgery, the implant must integrate with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration:
- This phase typically takes several months.
- Adhering to your dentist’s instructions is essential, which may include wearing a temporary crown or bridge to protect the implant and maintaining proper oral hygiene.
5. Abutment Placement and Crown Attachment
Once osseointegration is complete, you’ll return to our office for the final steps:
- An abutment is placed, connecting the implant to the crown.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a customized crown that matches your natural teeth in both appearance and function.
- The final crown is securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant process.
Remember, the entire dental implant process can vary in duration, typically ranging from 3 to 12 months, depending on individual needs and healing time. While dental implants represent a significant investment, they provide a long-lasting and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you have with our skilled dental professionals at Taher Family Dental in Worcester County.