Placing Dental Implants - Beverly, MA
Rebuild Your Tooth from the Root Up
If you’re ready to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, you’re making a wise decision for your smile. Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss with the potential to last for decades with the right aftercare. It is a unique treatment because it recreates the entire tooth structure from the root up. This requires a multi-step process that can take several months to finish. There isn’t any reason to worry. Here’s what you can expect while on your journey to a complete smile.
Steps to Placing Dental Implants
A dental implant is made of three components: a titanium implant post, an abutment, and a restoration. Together, they mimic both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. On average, it will take 5 steps to recreate your tooth:
You’ll first need an initial consultation to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, they are a suitable option if you’ve lost 1 or more teeth; however, we’ll also review a CT scan of your jaw to look for any hidden issues, like an infection or bone loss.
2. Additional Procedures
Many patients need additional procedures before their placement surgery, like bone grafting. This is often necessary for patients who have lost density in their jaw. The procedure adds thickness to any areas that are weakened.
3. Placement Surgery
Sedation or anesthesia is needed to ensure you’re comfortable during your dental implant placement. You won’t feel any pain as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jaw. A small hole is drilled into the bone to insert the post. Your gum tissue is stitched closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.
4. Osseointegration & Abutments
The implant post will serve as a root, stimulating new bone growth. Your bone will fuse to the implant through a process called osseointegration. Initially, you’ll experience some pain and tenderness while your bone heals, which you can manage using an over-the-counter pain reliever. After a few days, your pain will subside, but it will take your bone a few more weeks to heal.
Once your jaw has integrated with the dental implant, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post. This is a special fixture between the post and the restoration. Your gum tissue is opened to gain access to the post. The abutment is connected to it, and your gums will heal around it to form a seal.
While your gum tissue is healing from your abutment procedure, the dental lab will be working hard to create your restoration to meet your exact needs. It’s made of all-ceramic material to look natural and blend in with any remaining teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re ready to conquer the challenges of tooth loss, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants. We look forward to rebuilding a beautiful, complete smile.