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 below.  

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 placed.
   
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.