Surgical and restorative dental implant procedures vary slightly depending on the provider you choose, the number of teeth affected, and where those teeth are located. Dental implants can replace one tooth, several, or all in one arch. Here are the five simple steps we use to place dental implants for our Sebring, FL patients:
Provided that you’ve done your research on local dental implant providers, your first step is a consultation with a member of our staff. Together you will access your treatment options, your needs, your oral health, your personal situation, your medical history, and your lifestyle. We will also review financing and the time frame for your treatment. This consultation will usually include digital imaging or other forms of examination utilizing the latest technology. This appointment typically takes from 30 minutes to one hour.
Once your procedure is scheduled, your doctor will more thoroughly evaluate the area of your mouth where teeth are missing. This usually includes looking at the amount of bone available to support the placement of dental implants and density of your jawbone. This process may also include a 3D CT scan and impressions of your teeth. This allows us to create the ideal treatment plan for your specific needs. You will have the chance to ask as many questions as you need to fully understand your treatment. This appointment may take one hour or a little more. After this appointment, you will receive a written estimate for the cost of your procedure.
The next step in your dental implant placement process is to schedule your oral surgery. It may be necessary for tooth extractions to be done prior to implant placement or at the same time. After any removals are complete, dental implants will be placed in the jaw bone using a simple and painless surgical technique. Once local anesthesia is administered, a small incision will be made in your gum tissue. A small hole is then drilled and the implant root is inserted. Then, the incision will be closed and you will be sent home to heal.
After the root piece has been placed, it must be left undisturbed for several weeks or months while the surrounding bone and soft tissue heal. During this phase, the jawbone will heal and the new growth will fuse with the implant. Once this is done, you will return to have a middle piece called an abutment attached to the dental implant root. At this time, your doctor will also begin crafting your replacement tooth to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth.
This step is our favorite part of the dental implant process. Once your implant root and abutment are placed and fully healed, you will return to have the restoration piece put into place. Placing this piece will transform your smile and you can immediately take advantage of your beautiful new smile!
The word osseointegration comes from the Greek word osteon (which means bone), and the Latin word integrare (which means to make whole). The term is critical because it is the main reason for the success of dental implants. Essentially, it provides the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a dental implant.
The length of the surgery depends on the number of dental implants that you need. One implant generally takes about an hour and a half. If you need multiple dental implants, the procedure will take 2-3 hours to complete.
Want to know more about the dental implant placement process, candidacy, or how you can finance your treatment? Feel free to peruse the rest of our helpful infosite or speak to one of our friendly staff members today. If you live in the Sebring, FL area, call us for a dental implant consultation and get started on your beautiful new smile. There is no better time to get started on a smile makeover with Dr. Kirsch.
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