Deciding to pursue dental implants is just the first step on your journey to a complete smile. But before you can even have the first piece placed there’s a series of steps you must follow for a success procedure. Follow along with us as we take a look at this process, step-by-step.
Before pursuing treatment, diagnosis and discussion with Dr. Sanchez is always essential. During your one-on-one consultation, you’ll learn about the complexity of a dental implant treatment, how you qualify, and what your individual process would entail. We will also present you with an estimate at this time, so that you have a better idea of what to expect in terms of cost.
For patients who may not yet qualify for dental implants, chances are that you just need an additional treatment. These treatments are designed to better prepare you for dental implants, so that the placement process itself can go smoothly. Some examples of treatments that may be recommended are bone grafts or soft tissue augmentations. Both of these procedures apply new tissues to areas of the damaged jawbone, in order to restore the bone and create a better foundation for the dental implant.
The first piece to be placed is known as the implant fixture. This screw-shaped piece is embedded directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. After placement, the gums are sewn back over the implant site, so it’s protected during the healing process. For a majority of cases, there are weeks or even months needed for the implant site to fully heal and undergo osseointegration.
Once the implant site has fully healed, the next step is to place the support abutment and the completed crown restoration. The abutment bridges the gap between the implant and the crown, and the crown itself is crafted to look as similar as a real tooth. After these two pieces are placed, there’s only a small amount of healing time required and then patients are ready to eat their favorite foods.
At this point, you may have the full implant, but you’re not quite ready for textured foods just yet! These days and weeks after final surgery are crucial in ensuring that your implant heals correctly. Stick to softer foods, such as eggs, yogurt, applesauce, soups, and risotto, so that you don’t disturb the implant site. If you feel any unusual pain or sensitivity after your implant surgery, contact us immediately for further instructions. In extreme cases, an urgent appointment with Dr. Sanchez may be needed.
Each dental implant journey begins with a single step. Contact us today to schedule that first consultation with Dr. Sanchez here in Tehachapi, CA. We can’t wait to help restore your smile to its original beauty.
Jose David Sanchez
20370 Valley Blvd.
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