The process of getting dental implants
takes a certain time
commitment. From the initial consultation to restoration, it can take as short
as five months to longer than a year. Duration of the entire process depends on
a variety of factors, including whether tooth extraction is needed or if there
is a substantial amount of bone to accept the implant. We know the process can
seem daunting and confusing. That's why we put together a summary of the process
1. Possible Tooth
Extraction and Bone Grafting
After you receive your comprehensive examination and x-rays, you may need a
tooth extraction. If your jawbone is healthy and strong, you may be able to
have the implant placed on the same day. However, if you have an infection or
substantial bone loss, you may need bone grafting. These procedures often
involve ridge augmentation or a sinus lift.
2. Placing the Implant
Once you are healed from bone grafting, your cosmetic dentist will make an
incision in your gums to expose the bone. He will then drill holes into the
bone and place posts inside of it. A temporary denture may be used before you
can get your abutment and artificial teeth.
3. Abutment Placement
The abutment is the piece to which the crown will eventually be attached. Once
enough bone growth has occurred, your cosmetic dentist
attaches the abutment to
the post. In some instances, this is performed at the same time the implant is
4. Artificial Teeth
The final step is creating the crown out of impressions of
your remaining teeth. Once your jawbone has enough strength to support a new
artificial tooth, the crown is permanently attached to the implant abutment.
If you are ready to have a healthier and more beautiful
smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. James Lesinski
. Replace your missing
teeth with a permanent solution that looks natural.
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