While every patient is different, and every mouth is unique, the dental implant process is fairly straightforward in most cases. If you have one or more missing teeth and are considering dental implants in Sunnyside, Queens, NY as your preferred tooth replacement option, we want you to understand the process, so you are prepared and calm when treatment starts.
Step 1: Dental Implant Preparation
The first step in the dental implant process is to meet with a highly trained dental implant specialists like those at National Dental, who can determine through models of your mouth and X-rays if implants are the best option for you. Once the exam is complete, a treatment plan is created taking into account any medication you take or medical conditions you may have.
Step 2: Placing the Dental Implant
The implant consists of a titanium rod that is placed in the jawbone through surgery. Replacing the tooth root, the implant helps to stimulate the jawbone to grow and regenerate, preserving the bone. Once the implant is placed, the bone and gums must have time to heal. During the healing time, the bone cells will connect to the implant. Healing time is typically anywhere from 3-6 months.
Step 3: Placing the Abutment
An abutment is used to connect the prosthetic tooth to the implant. It is essentially a bridge that goes through the gumline so there is no need for the implant to extend from the gums. Once the abutment is placed, there is another healing period while the gum surrounding the abutment forms a collar or cuff.
Step 4: Placing the Prosthetic
Once the abutment and implant areas have successfully healed and integrated, the prosthetic tooth is created and installed. At this point, the entire process is completed. All you need to do is maintain regular care and maintenance of the implant.