How Dental Implants Work – Carrollton, TX
Simple Steps to Restore Your Smile!
Replacing missing teeth is an important decision, so it is only natural to be a little curious about how the process works. While there are several steps to restoring your smile with dental implants, overall the procedure is relatively straightforward. Having a solid understanding of how dental implants in Carrollton work can give you added confidence before starting the implantation process. If you still have questions after reading the information below, do not hesitate to give us a call!
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first step to getting dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caballeros at our convenient Carrollton location. An initial consultation allows you a chance to communicate your personal expectations and smile goals, while also giving us an opportunity to confirm that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Although dental implants have a success rate of approximately 98%, it is important to evaluate candidates before initiating implant surgery. In general, candidates for dental implants must have:
- Good oral hygiene habits
- Healthy gums
- Sufficient jawbone depth
If, after inspecting your mouth, Dr. Caballeros believes you need preparatory treatment prior to undergoing implant surgery – such as a bone graft, periodontal therapy, or sinus lifts – he will be sure to let you know.
Dental Implant Surgery
On the day of your implant surgery, we will have a personalized dental implantation plan ready that details exactly where your implants will be placed and at what angle. Dr. Caballeros will use this plan along with his considerable experience and expertise to avoid placing the implants in areas that could damage your nerves, existing bone tissue or other sensitive oral structures.
During surgery, local anesthesia will be used to numb your mouth, so you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Dr. Caballeros will use a specialized (but quiet) drill to surgically insert the dental implant into your gums in the space where your tooth is missing. Once the implant is snugly in place, your gums will be closed over the implant and stitched up. It’s that simple! Now the healing process begins.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
After surgery is complete, you will be given time for your mouth to heal and for the implant to fuse with your jawbone through a natural process called “osseointegration”. This process, which can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months, is the reason dental implants are able to provide maximum support for artificial teeth.
Once the implant has fully integrated with your jawbone, you will return to our dental office so we can place an abutment – the piece that connects the dental implant to an artificial tooth or other restoration. After the abutment is placed, you will need to wait approximately two weeks to allow the healing process to take place.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
After your mouth has fully healed and a custom-designed crown, bridge or denture has been created in the laboratory, you are ready for your new teeth! Dr. Caballeros will simply screw or cement your dental restoration into place, and you will be able to walk out of our dental office with the confidence that comes with a healthy, whole smile.
Once the dental implantation process is complete, it is up to you to keep both your dental implant and natural teeth in good shape. Be sure to brush twice daily and visit a dentist in Carrollton for a routine dental exam and cleaning every six months.
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