What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process

Have you recently lost a tooth? If so, you may want to consider the dental implant process.

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s made out of a titanium alloy.

Dental Implant Process Dentists Ann Arbor MI

Since titanium alloy is biocompatible, the implant will bond to your jawbone over the course of several months. This process is called osseointegration.

Once the implant is securely fused, one of our dentists will place an abutment and crown over top.

The abutment is the connector piece between your implant and the crown. The crown is what gives you the appearance of a healthy, natural tooth.

The implant, abutment, and crown all work together to restore your smile and prevent bone loss in the jaw.

Here’s what you can expect during the dental implant process.

Initial Consultation

First, we’ll need to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. To be a candidate, you’ll need to have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support the implants.

But don’t be too discouraged if you don’t have enough bone density. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a bone graft which would give your implants the support they need.

In addition to healthy jawbone tissue, you’ll need a strong immune system before undergoing dental implant surgery.

In general, smokers are not candidates for the dental implant process. This is because smoking inhibits the body’s natural healing ability after surgery.

During your consultation, one of our dentists will help you explore your tooth replacement options. For example, they may recommend dentures if you’re not a candidate for dental implants.

It’s important to remember that each patient is different. You won’t know what course of treatment is right for you until you meet with one of our dentists.

Dental Implant Surgery

It’s not uncommon for patients to feel a little apprehension toward the idea of oral surgery. We completely understand and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the dental implant process.

Please know that we will do everything to ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and pain-free during the procedure. We’ll also talk with you beforehand so you know exactly what to expect.

For your dental implant surgery, the dentist will make a small incision in your gums. Then, they’ll embed the dental implant in your jaw.

Recovery and Osseointegration

Over the next several months, the implant will fuse to your jawbone. During this time, you’ll see your dentist periodically to ensure the implants are fusing properly.

Once the implants are completely fused and stable, we’ll place the abutment and crown over top.

At-Home Care

After the dental implant process, it’s just as important as ever to continue practicing good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. Doing this will help remove plaque from your teeth and gums so you can maintain good oral health.

In general, your dental implants will last longer when you take good care of your smile.

Request an Appointment With Us

Want to learn more about dental implants in Ann Arbor, MI? To request an appointment with one of our dentists, please call Enhance Family Dentistry at (734) 821-7676. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.

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