A dental implant can completely change your life with its beautiful appearance and resilience — it’ll be like you never lost a tooth in the first place. Though an implant will elevate your quality of life, it can still be intimidating because it’s a dental procedure.
That’s why we’ve outlined the steps you’ll go through when you receive your dental implant. Knowing what to expect can help you to feel more prepared for your procedure.
The first step to getting a dental implant is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kirsch. At your consultation, you’ll learn more about the specifics of your dental implant procedure.
Dr. Kirsch will go over your dental history, examine your health, and take a digital scan of your mouth to determine your unique treatment plan. This is also the perfect time for you to ask any questions you have and to let Dr. Kirsch know about your smile goals.
If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, there’s a chance your jawbone isn’t as strong as it once was. When you lose a tooth, your jaw isn’t stimulated the same way and can begin to weaken.
Dental implants require a dense jawbone in order to be securely placed — that’s why Dr. Kirsch performs supplemental procedures. These treatments can restore your jawbone to give your implant a greater chance of success.
Once Dr. Kirsch determines that your jawbone is strong enough, he’ll be able to place the first part of your implant — the titanium fixture. Your natural jawbone will bond with this biocompatible fixture in a process called osseointegration.
This procedure is simple and painless, and will only require local anesthesia to perform. If you feel that you need dental sedation, let Dr. Kirsch know. Once the fixture has been placed, you’ll receive a temporary crown to protect the surgical area while you heal.
It’s hard to wait for your new implant — but the healing stage is the most important part of the procedure. Your fixture functions as the roots of your new tooth, so ensuring it’s securely in place assures the permanent success of your implant.
This stage can take several weeks or months depending on your situation. During this time, your jawbone will heal and fuse with the implant.
Our favorite part of the dental implant process is seeing you with your new smile — it’s usually our patients’ favorite part too. Once your fixture is securely held in place by your jaw, Dr. Kirsch can place your abutment and crown.
Your new tooth will blend in seamlessly with your smile, so you won’t have to worry about anyone being able to tell it’s there.
Your journey to a beautiful smile doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. If you’re anxious about dental work or potential pain, talk to us about our sedation options. We can make you feel relaxed so you can be excited about receiving your implants.
To learn more, call our office at 863-658-0440 or fill out our easy online contact form, available on this page. We’ll be with you right away to talk about your questions and concerns.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM