Learn more about the step-by-step process involved in getting dental implants in Peoria.
With the New Year celebrations already a distant memory, perhaps you’ve been taking some time to consider how you could improve your smile. After all, it is one of the features that people notice most. If you are dealing with one or several missing teeth than you’ve probably been thinking about ways to replace these teeth to improve the health and appearance of your smile. However, the dental implant process can seem a bit intimidating if you don’t know much about this treatment. Your Peoria dentist is here to educate you on this fairly common cosmetic procedure.
Step 1: First schedule an initial consultation with your Peoria dentist so we can assess your teeth, jawbone health and gums. We want to make sure you aren’t dealing with any cavities or gum disease before performing any procedure. Furthermore, we will perform X-rays to make sure your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to accept an implant.
Step 2: Once this consultation is complete and we deem you a good candidate for dental implants, the next step will involve your first procedure. Most dental implants are performed under local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect we will cut and lift the gums then drill a hole into the jawbone where we want to place the implant.
Step 3: Then we will place the small titanium post into the drilled hole. Once this is complete we will stitch the gums back up over the implant. These stitches will usually stay in for about one to two weeks.
Step 4: This step usually takes the longest: about three to six months. During this time the implant is given time to heal and also to allow the gums and bone around the implant to grow around and integrate with the implant. This will help make the implant a sturdy and permanent structure within your mouth. This process is known as osseointegration.
Step 5: After osseointegration is complete, we will open up the gums and place a dental abutment, or connector, into the implant. This abutment is a metal post used to hold the dental crown to the implant. During this time we will place a temporary crown on your implant.
Step 6: About four to six weeks after the abutment is placed on the implant, we will fit it with a permanent dental crown.
To find out if dental implants in Peoria are right for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We need to make sure you have the best general and dental health before we opt for implants.