July 1, 2022
If you’ve visited our website before you know that implants are the preferable tooth restoration for most people with a missing tooth.
The dental implant process can take several dental visits over a period of months.
Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is critical.
Remember that the tooth implant timeline is not a drawback. It is indicative of the permanent nature of a tooth implant.
The Dental Implant Timeline
1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).
It all starts with a consultation.
At your first visit to Shwarts Family Dentistry in Richardson, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Be prepared to explore your physical health in general and your medical history.
If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. This common procedure is described on our website.
2. Tooth Implant Placement
The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how speedy and easy the procedure is.
- First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant site.
- Doctor Shwarts will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
- Then, we drill a small hole. The hole is the precise diameter and depth of the post.
- The implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
- We’ll take an X-ray to verify the implant is in the correct place.
- We will then sew the gums back over the implant.
Dental implant placement will take from one to two hours.
OTC pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.
Soreness and swelling should subside after a few days. An ice pack (used on the cheek, not inside the mouth) can assuage swelling.
If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture or flipper. You can wear this while you are waiting for the final restoration.
Make sure you practice proper dental hygiene but be extra gentle when cleaning around the surgical site.
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome a non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant. This is necessary to design an extremely substantial foundation for the final restoration.
Titanium readily integrates with the bone. The official term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for the post and jawbone to become inseparable.
4. Placing the Final Restoration
The concluding step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.
When you have your new smile at the end of this process, it will all be worth it!
About the Practice
Dr. Ellis Shwarts and his skilled team have proudly served the dental needs of patients and families in the Richardson, TX community for several years! A Dallas native, Dr. Shwarts received his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and has spent countless hours educating himself and honing his skills so that he can provide a truly unmatched level of care. The practice offers a comprehensive range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule your next visit, feel free to contact the practice online or over the phone for further assistance: (972) 525-9283.
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