Madison Dental Implants Procedure
Understanding The Dental Implant Process
If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, you might be wondering what is involved in the process. Although many patients dream of falling asleep in the dental chair and waking up to a brand new smile, dental implants are typically a multi-stage process, which allows your teeth and jaw bone to heal and increases the success rate of your surgery. However, under ideal circumstances, steps can sometimes be combined. Here is an explanation of each step of the dental implant placement process, options to speed up your treatment, and how to care for your investment after the procedure is complete.
Your Initial Exam
Before dental implant treatment begins, you will need to meet with one of our doctors to create a treatment plan. Since everyone’s mouth is a little different, the health of your teeth and jaw will be carefully evaluated. We will take X-rays of your mouth to inspect the underlying bone, existing teeth, root structure, and overall health of the area. During this appointment, Dr. Gyurina will talk with you about what to expect in terms of staging. For example, if you are a good candidate for an expedited implant procedure, they might suggest immediate-load implants, which are designed to be placed within 48 hours. However, If you have been missing teeth for awhile, you might need to undergo preparations such as bone grafts before your implants can be placed, which can lengthen the timeline.
During the initial exam, the dentist will also evaluate the current shape and color of your existing teeth, and start designing your final dental crown. Previous X-rays, digital images, and pictures brought in by patients can help the dentist to create a tooth that will look natural and beautiful. If you have a matching tooth available, for example, if you are missing a front incisor but still have another one, that tooth will be inspected to help us to create a natural looking implant.
Preparing the Area
Your implants will only be as strong as the bone used to anchor them. Your jawbone needs constant stimulation to stay strong and healthy, which is why missing teeth are such a problem. When teeth go missing, your jawbone can start to resorb, leaving a weakened and shallow area for dental implants. If you have this issue, our doctors may need to do a bone graft to strengthen the space. Receiving a bone graft is a relatively simple procedure, and the same local anesthetic is used as when you receive a cavity or undergo a root canal. After the area is numbed, the dentist will make a small incision in the area that needs to have the bone built up. Next, bone harvested from elsewhere in your body is fastened in place. New bone grafts can take as long as 2-3 months to heal, but can dramatically improve the strength of your dental implant.
Placing the Implant
After the dentists determine that your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to receive an implant, a small post or screw will be anchored into your jaw to act as the artificial tooth root for your implant. These rods are placed in the position previously occupied by the root of the missing tooth, and as the area heals, the bone fuses around the implant.
The Healing Process
If your dental implant surgery is a staged process, your dentist may ask you to wait 6-12 weeks before your abutment is placed, and a little longer before the permanent implant crowns are installed. However, if you receive immediate-load implants, the final crown will be cemented to the implant within hours or days of its placement.
Placing the Final Crown
After your dental implant location has healed and your final crown has come in from the lab, it can be cemented to your abutment. After the final crown has been placed, Dr. Gyurina will shape, clean, and polish it to match your existing teeth. At this point, patients can start enjoying their brand-new smile.
Dental Implant Recovery
Throughout the course of your dental implant placement procedure, your mouth may feel sore. However, most patients report that the procedure doesn’t involve any more pain than a typical tooth extraction. We might recommend taking antibiotics to reduce instances of infection and to speed healing, or over-the-counter painkillers, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
Dental Implant Care
Because dental implants are anchored directly into your jawbone just like your natural teeth, caring for dental implants is very much the same as caring for your own teeth. Dental implants need to be brushed twice a day and flossed daily. Report any problems you experience with your dental implants, such as pain, swelling, or bleeding, as soon as you notice it. However, please note that complications with dental implants are rare, and Oak Park Dental’s implant success rate hovers near 100%.