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Breaking Down the Dental Implant Process | Step-By-Step

If you have lost a tooth to an accident, blunt force, trauma, or a dental extraction, do not fret! It is possible to still regain your picture-perfect smile with a dental implant! As daunting as it may sound, this procedure is virtually painless (some pressure might be felt, that’s all). So, if you are concerned about the pain, what to expect on D-day? Take this blog as your initial step-by-step guide to a dental implant fixation process.

A Quick Review on Dental Implants

A dental implant involves placing a metal base into your jawbone, which acts as an anchor for an abutment. This ensures that your new false tooth stays securely in its place. The main advantage of a dental implant lies in its ability to mimic real teeth.

Step-By-Step Explanation of the Implant Process

Since the entire process is long, we have divided it into two major steps. Here’s what you should expect:

Step 1: Oral Cavity Examination

  1. Initial Consultation: Your journey to get an implant begins with an initial consultation with a prosthodontist trained in implant placement and restoration. They assess if you are a suitable candidate for an implant or not.
  2. Comprehensive Examination: After the initial checkup, they make way for a thorough examination of your dental and medical history. After that, expect them to take impressions of your gums and teeth to create models and take dental x-rays of your jaw, focusing on the area of the missing tooth.
  3. CT Scan of the Mouth: In some cases, a CT scan of your mouth may be necessary. This scan provides an in-depth look at your jawbone to help your dentist determine whether you need bone grafts or not, especially if your jaw lacks sufficient bone.
  4. Nerves and Sinuses: The CT scan also identifies structures like sinuses and nerves, which must be avoided during implant surgery to prevent nerve damage or sinus complications.

Additional Bone Grafting

In cases where your jaw lacks adequate strength and density to support the implant, bone grafting may be necessary.

  • Bone Augmentation: Bone augmentation involves taking bone from other parts of your body or an artificial bone material and adding it to your jaw. This process ensures a strong foundation for the implant, similar to a real tooth root.
  • Bone Distraction: Unlike bone grafting, bone distraction is a surgical procedure that stimulates your body to grow more bone where needed.

Step 2: Traditional Implant Fixation Process

  1. Initial Incision: In the first stage, a small part of your gum is sliced open to access the tooth socket where your missing tooth used to be.
  2. Cutting and Drilling: After making the incision, your dentist drills into your bone to place the metal base into the socket. The gums are then stitched up and left to heal.
  3. Healing Period and Second Procedure: After the initial part, you will have to pass a healing period of 3 to 6 months. During this time, your jawbone is left to fuse with the implant biologically. The second stage involves adding a healing cap or collar to the stud, promoting gum tissue healing.
  4. Healing Cap Removal: After a few weeks, the healing cap is removed.
  5. Final Abutment and Crown Placement: Once the healing stage is over and your bone and metal base look in perfect shape, it is time to add an abutment to provide support for the final crown. It ensures a secure fit and is resistant to the forces of biting and chewing.

Closing Note

Dental implants offer a lifetime solution for a lost tooth. Talk to our expert, Dr. Joseph Mara, a credible member of the American Dental Association (ADA), at Nimmi Shine Dental to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this life-altering procedure. If you would like to learn more about what we can do to help you, drop by at 9888 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #112, San Diego, CA 92126, United States. Number: (858) 999-8550

Dr. Joseph Mara

Dr. Joseph Mara

For more than 19 years, Dr. Joseph Mara has been a leading dentist in San Diego, providing affordable, gentle, and honest dental care. Driven by a commitment to patient’s trust and satisfaction, he undergoes continuous education and specialized training in oral implantology and endodontics. At his practice – Nimmi Shine Dental, convenience and comfort are paramount. Utilizing advanced technology such as the Vatech PaX-i3D Scanner and Computer Guided Implant Surgery, the clinic emphasizes efficiency and overall patient well-being. Call us today at (858) 999-8550 to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist.

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