Do you need to get dental implants in the near future? Wondering what the dental implant process looks like? If so, you might feel anxious, especially if you don’t know what to expect. The dental implant process goes smoother if you know what will happen each step of the way. The following steps are what you can expect when you choose dental implants through Ascent Dental Care.
Research Dental Implants
The first step is to research dental implants and which ones might be best for you. At Ascent Dental Care, you can choose from the following options:
- Single tooth implants
- Implant-supported bridges
- Implant-supported dentures
- Full arch
- Mini dental implants
The type of dental implants you choose depends on your needs. Do you only have one tooth that needs to be replaced or a full arch or row? Is your jawbone in good condition? These are some of the questions to ask as you research your options.
Discuss the Dental Implants Process
Once you have an idea of the kind of implants you need, schedule a consultation with Ascent Dental Care. We will go over the procedures in more detail with you and determine which dental implant is right for you. Part of that process includes examining your teeth, gums, and jawbone. After the initial evaluation, the next step would be to schedule the first part of the treatment process.
Prepare and/or Extract Natural Teeth
Depending on the type of dental implant you want, the next step will be to prepare your teeth for the implant process. For example, if you have multiple missing teeth and you want an implant-supported bridge, the existing teeth may need to be shaved down ahead of time. If you need a tooth extraction before the dental implant insertion, the dental care team can do that beforehand as well.
Insert Dental Implants
Dental implants replace the roots of damaged or missing teeth. These implants look like small poles and help keep the gums in place. During the dental implant insertion procedure, the dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the area. After that, they insert the dental implants. The process for the procedure differs depending on the type of implants you choose to have. Some require the tissue to grow back around the implant itself, which can take several months. The bone eventually fuses with the implant.
Crown and Abutment Attachment
If your dental implant requires a crown, you can have an abutment attached before the crown procedure. An abutment connects the crown with the implant to hold it in place. This is a secondary part of the dental implant process and occurs after the mouth and gums have healed. Typically, the dental implant process takes at least two visits. The first appointment is the initial implant insertion, and the follow-up visit is the abutment and crown attachment.
Now that you know the dental implant process at Ascent Dental Care, it’s time to schedule your initial consultation! We offer state-of-the-art dental implant services in Western MA. Call 413-224-1493 or request an appointment online.