What to Expect When You Get Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve probably been carefully weighing your options to determine the best way to replace them.
Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement these days. The titanium post mimics your own natural root and helps to maintain precious periodontal bone, and the custom restoration we use to top the implant will blend in beautifully with your existing dentistry.
Step 1 – The Consult
The first step is scheduling a consultation and evaluation to determine whether dental implants are the right choice for you. Dr. Robertson will discuss your medical and dental history and take a series of x-rays and other digital images. When planning implants, we need to take into account your current level of bone density as well as the location of facial landmarks – like your sinuses. We will also discuss whether any additional procedures will be necessary.
Step 2 – Placing Your Implant
The next step is the surgical placement of your dental implant. This surgery can be done right here in our Irvine, CA dental office. Dr. Robertson has extensive experience placing implants and will use advanced technology to make sure that they are placed with perfect precision. Your comfort is a top priority, and if you are feeling anxious at all about this procedure, we can discuss sedation options with you.
Step 3 – Healing
During the healing process, the implant begins to integrate with your natural bone structure to become a permanent part of your oral anatomy. This is what gives implants their incredible stability and durability and makes them so similar to your natural teeth. Healing times can vary and may take anywhere from several weeks to a few months. We will monitor the healing process with you, and we are always available if you have any questions or concerns.
Step 4 – Restoring the Implant
This is the part most patients like the best! Once your implant has healed, we will restore the implant with a custom-made restoration, usually a crown. We can also restore dental implants with a bridge or even a denture, depending on how many teeth you have missing.
Once the crown is placed, your new implant will blend in among your other teeth, and even you will probably have a hard time determining which tooth is your implant! Your smile will once again be complete and function will be restored.
Are you ready to schedule your dental implants consultation with Dr. Robertson? Call our Orange County dental office today to get started!