At Michel Dental, we highly recommend dental implants for replacing missing teeth, whether there’s an entire arch missing or just a single gap. However, we also know that it’s important for all our patients to understand and feel comfortable with the treatment they receive. We’ll make sure that you know exactly what you can expect during the process. If you have any questions about how dental implants work in Topeka & Silver Lake, contact our practice today.
The first step is to thoroughly examine your mouth. This typically involves X-rays in addition to a visual inspection. The first goal is to determine whether dental implants are right for you based on your oral health and the state of your jawbone. If you do choose to move forward with dental implants, we can discuss the various options with you and help you form an estimate of the cost (which tends to vary depending on the extent of tooth loss). We can then develop an overall treatment plan for you.
We work with some of the best oral surgeons and similar specialists in the community; we can refer you to one of them for your dental implant surgery. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the gums, and your dental implant will be placed in an appropriate area. Thanks to anesthesia or some form of sedation, you’ll remain comfortable during the procedure, and in most cases, you can expect to return to work the next day. Any minor pain or discomfort that you experience afterwards can usually be managed with medications bought over the counter.
During the healing process, the jawbone gradually fuses with the dental implant and essentially make it part of your body. This process is called osseointegration, and it ultimately forms a stronger, more durable foundation for your new teeth. It takes a few months before osseointegration is complete.
Once your implants are firmly in place, you’ll receive a small connector called an abutment, which is what will hold your replacement tooth. It sits on the post just above your gum line. Your gums will need to heal before you can move on to the final stage of the process. (Note that in some cases, you might receive your abutment at the same time as the dental implant post.)
You’ll return to Michel Dental so that one of our dentists can give you your beautiful new custom restoration. You’ll receive a crown, an implant-supported bridge or dentures depending on the type of tooth loss. After they’ve been placed, all that’s left is periodic checkups so that we can make sure your new smile stays healthy; artificial teeth can’t get cavities, but if you don’t keep them clean, you could develop gum disease, which might result in implant failure if you leave it untreated.
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