Dental Implant Timeline
Choosing dental implants is a crucial step to restore your teeth. The procedure replaces teeth and reduces the risk of jawbone loss, enhancing your ability to chew and speak. Dr. Stephen Dowell can complete all aspects of dental implant treatment in-house.
Dental implants are a proven tooth replacement procedure that can last a lifetime. The procedure involves placing small titanium posts into the jaw. The dentist surgically positions the implant in your jawbone to allow it to fuse with the surrounding tissue. Once healed, the dentist can place dentures, crowns, or bridges. Beforehand, we will perform a comprehensive assessment and provide a dental implant timeline in our Minerva, OH, office.
Am I a Candidate?
During a consultation at our Carrollton office, Dr. Dowell will determine if you’re an appropriate candidate for dental implants. He will take x-rays and images of your teeth and gums. For the most part, if you have one or more missing teeth, healthy gums, and sufficient jawbone density, you can benefit from implants.
However, if you have insufficient jawbone density or atrophy, you may not qualify. In some cases, you might need a bone graft. If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking before and after treatment. Smoking can prevent your body from healing correctly. Heart conditions and autoimmune disorders might also prevent you from dental implant candidacy.
Dental Implant Placement
Once your candidacy is confirmed, our dentist uses local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable. Oral sedation is also available upon request. With small incisions, the dentist makes space to place the implants. The doctor will secure the posts in your jawbone, then place a healing cap to help the gum tissue heal properly. Your dentist closes the incisions with stitches. All of this is completed in one procedure.
After the doctor places the implants at our Dover practice, you will heal for the next three to six months. Your recovery time is based on your overall condition and varies from person to person. During this time, osseointegration takes place. The embedded implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for your future restorations.
Placement of Final Restoration
After your implant fully integrates, the dentist removes the healing cap and replaces it with an abutment – or connector post. This serves as an anchor for your new restoration. In some cases, this step may require a second minor surgery. Once the abutment is in place, your dentist attaches your new restoration.
Your dentist will schedule you for regular check-ups to ensure that your implants are secure and performing as they should. Just like your natural teeth, you should practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss regularly.
Dental implants are a long-term solution and should last many years. For some individuals, dental implants last a lifetime. Results can vary if you do not follow an oral care regimen. When you do not clean your implants properly, bacteria can accumulate and cause inflammation, causing bone loss surrounding the implant.
Contact Our Practice Today
Dental implants are longer lasting and more reliable than alternative teeth replacement options. Find out if you qualify for this type of treatment. When you are ready, contact our office for a consultation at (330) 868-5001.