You need a Dental Implant? Here’s what to Expect

Dental Implant - What to ExpectYou’ve lost a tooth, and you’ve decided a dental implant procedure will be the best option to replace it. Your other options – a fixed bridge, which may need to be replaced several times, or removable dentures, which can make a clicking sound or slide in your mouth, weren’t as appealing. A dental implant is made of titanium steel, and Hilldale Dental rarely has had to replace an implant.

But the dental implant procedure itself will take some time. Here are some of the steps you can expect us to take along with your during the process:

  1. You will receive a complete dental exam, which may include x-rays and molds made of your teeth and mouth.
  2. You will get a complete treatment plan to follow during and after the dental implant procedure. It will include how to care for your new tooth, through brushing and flossing.
  3. Your dental implant placement can involve several surgical procedures:
    • the first phase is usually when the dental implant cylinder is placed in your jawbone. It will be under the gum line and during the next few months, the jawbone bonds to the implant. Also during this time, you may have a temporary tooth, but you’ll be able to enjoy your normal activities, however you may need to follow a modified diet for a short time.
    • The second phase includes uncovering the top of the implant, and attaching a small metal post or extension to it. You’ll continue wearing your temporary tooth for a few more weeks after the post is attached.
    • The third phase is when you’ll get to try your new replacement tooth. It will be created based on the size, shape, color, and fit needed to blend with your natural teeth.
  4. You will receive a form of anesthesia during your dental implant procedures. We can talk about using a local oral sedation.
  5. You should plan to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

And while this is a general run-down of what to expect if you are getting a dental impact, we can talk with you specifically about each phase, to ensure your dental implant procedure is a success.