Whether you recently lost a tooth or you’ve been wearing a denture for a long time, you may have no idea how dental implants work or whether or not they are right for you. Thankfully, Dr. Borsky and his team are all too familiar with these concerns, which is why we’ve taken the time to break the treatment down into terms anyone can understand. If you have other questions, we do encourage you to give us a call and set up an implant consultation. In the meantime, you can read more about the process below!
During your first consultation, Dr. Borsky needs to confirm the current condition of your mouth and whether or not it can safely receive dental implants. This includes performing a detailed exam of your bone and gum health, two factors that are crucial to the longevity of your smile. He can also answer any questions you may have ahead of your surgery. If he determines that dental implants are a feasible solution for replacing teeth, he’ll schedule you for surgery and partner you with one of the trained oral surgeons the office works with.
Prior to surgery, you’ll receive local anesthetic, which numbs the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure no sensation is felt during the placement of the implant. If requested, you will also receive sedation dentistry at this time. Surgery starts with creating a small incision in your gum tissue, then creating a tiny hole where the implant will be placed. After the implant is attached, the gum tissue is stitched closed and the implant is given time to heal.
The implant post (which mimics the tooth’s root) is made from titanium, a material that is biocompatible with your existing bone and soft tissue. This allows the implant to properly integrate with your mouth and remain stable for decades to come. Once fully integrated, which takes anywhere between four and six months, an abutment can be placed. This is a small connector that provides a solid foundation for the permanent restoration. Depending on the type of dental implant you receive, an abutment may not be necessary.
After the implant has completely healed, your permanent restoration (whether it’s a crown, bridge, or denture) can be attached. The restoration will have been designed and fabricated ahead of this appointment, so your final visit related to your dental implant treatment will mainly involve fitting and adjusting the restoration so that it fits properly. Just like that, you’ll be able to smile with confidence and eat the foods you enjoy!