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If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may be wondering what the procedure entails and what to expect. Dental implants are one of the most common restorative procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable, and last for years. The overall dental implant process does take multiple appointments across many months from start to finish.
Consultation:
Our team meets with all patients to discuss their goals, and evaluate their teeth to determine if they are a good candidate for implants. This also is a great time to answer any questions and go over the procedure details. We want our patients to feel comfortable and know what to expect every step of the way. A customized treatment plan is created for each patient to fit their needs.
Overall Procedure:
During the procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. The posts provide the needed support for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, artificial teeth or crowns are installed on top, and an abutment is used to help keep the crown in place. Customized crowns are made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.
Bone Grafting:
In order to ensure the dental implant procedure is a success, we must evaluate to make sure each patient has enough bone in their jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done where synthetic bone is added, or bone is taken from another area. If bone grafting is required, there is additional healing time that will be needed.
Placing the implant:
Once any grafting is complete, the gums are opened up to expose the bone area. Holes are then drilled where the dental implant post will be placed. The implant is placed deep into the bone similar to a tooth root. Once this is done the patient must heal as osseointegration occurs where the jawbone fuses around the implant. Typically this healing process takes a few months.
Abutment placement and crowns:
Once the healing process is complete, and abutment or connector piece is placed on top of the implant. This allows the artificial teeth or crowns to be connected on top. Crowns are custom made and look like natural teeth matching all of the teeth around them.

Recovery:
Local anesthesia is used throughout the dental implant process and this helps keep our patients relaxed and pain free. After the procedure is complete, we may recommend pain medications and or antibiotics to help with recovery. Patients may notice minor pain, swelling, or bruising around the area, but this should subside after a few days. If patients notice any increased, pain, bleeding or bruising, they should contact our office immediately.
To help with the healing process and overall lifespan of dental implants, good oral hygiene is recommended. Remember to schedule your regular visits in our office to ensure your implants are healing, and the gums and surrounding tissue looks healthy.
If you would like to find out more about dental implants, contact Smile Design today to schedule your appointment.

If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may be wondering what the procedure entails and what to expect. Dental implants are one of the most common restorative procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable, and last for years. The overall dental implant process does take multiple appointments across many months from start to finish.
Consultation:
Our team meets with all patients to discuss their goals, and evaluate their teeth to determine if they are a good candidate for implants. This also is a great time to answer any questions and go over the procedure details. We want our patients to feel comfortable and know what to expect every step of the way. A customized treatment plan is created for each patient to fit their needs.
Overall Procedure:
During the procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. The posts provide the needed support for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, artificial teeth or crowns are installed on top, and an abutment is used to help keep the crown in place. Customized crowns are made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.
Bone Grafting:
In order to ensure the dental implant procedure is a success, we must evaluate to make sure each patient has enough bone in their jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done where synthetic bone is added, or bone is taken from another area. If bone grafting is required, there is additional healing time that will be needed.
Placing the implant:
Once any grafting is complete, the gums are opened up to expose the bone area. Holes are then drilled where the dental implant post will be placed. The implant is placed deep into the bone similar to a tooth root. Once this is done the patient must heal as osseointegration occurs where the jawbone fuses around the implant. Typically this healing process takes a few months.
Abutment placement and crowns:
Once the healing process is complete, and abutment or connector piece is placed on top of the implant. This allows the artificial teeth or crowns to be connected on top. Crowns are custom made and look like natural teeth matching all of the teeth around them.

Recovery:
Local anesthesia is used throughout the dental implant process and this helps keep our patients relaxed and pain free. After the procedure is complete, we may recommend pain medications and or antibiotics to help with recovery. Patients may notice minor pain, swelling, or bruising around the area, but this should subside after a few days. If patients notice any increased, pain, bleeding or bruising, they should contact our office immediately.
To help with the healing process and overall lifespan of dental implants, good oral hygiene is recommended. Remember to schedule your regular visits in our office to ensure your implants are healing, and the gums and surrounding tissue looks healthy.
If you would like to find out more about dental implants, contact Smile Design today to schedule your appointment.