Your Path to a Restored Smile
The dental implant process can take several months or longer, a fact that makes some patients hesitate to commit to this treatment. But the end result is worth the wait! As you learn more about the dental implant process for beginning to end, you’ll discover how each phase of the tooth restoration process contributes to a healthy, strong, and long-lasting smile.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
When you first become interested in receiving dental implants in Melbourne, schedule a consultation with Dr. Trantham. During this appointment, he’ll talk to you about your circumstances and oral health goals. He’ll also answer any questions you have about dental implants.
The appointment will also include a thorough examination, wherein Dr. Trantham will determine whether your mouth and jawbone are healthy enough to support dental implants. If you are free of major oral and overall health problems, you don’t smoke, and you have adequate density and height in your jaw, there is a good chance that the implant procedure will get the green light. If you’re not an ideal candidate for implants, Dr. Trantham may be able to prepare a treatment plan to help you qualify for implants later on.
Dental Implant Surgery
During the dental implant surgery, small titanium cylinders (the dental implants) will be inserted beneath your gum line at pre-planned positions throughout your jaw. Then, the gums are closed over the implants and the healing period can begin.
There is no need to be unduly stressed about the placement surgery. Thanks to local anesthetic and sedation, you should be comfortable throughout the procedure. Your mouth may be sore or tender afterward, but your dentist in Melbourne will give you detailed aftercare instructions to keep such inconveniences to a minimum.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
As the tissue around the dental implants heals, a process known as osseointegration takes place over the course of a few months. Essentially, this means that the implants form a bond with the tissue around them, thus enabling them to act as substitutes for the roots of missing teeth.
Following osseointegration, abutments will be placed on top of the implants during a minor surgery. Abutments are small connector pieces that serve to attach the implants to their final restorations (your new artificial teeth). You may need to wear healing abutments, which protect the gum tissue while it recovers from the surgery, for a time before you receive the final abutments.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
When your abutments are ready, Dr. Trantham will design and place your new, implant-supported teeth. He will craft your restoration in a way that ensures you have a comfortable bite and the best dental function possible. Typically, implant restorations are made out of acrylic or porcelain, both of which are durable and closely resemble the look of natural teeth.
The above information outlines a typical dental implant process. Depending on your circumstances, your experience may be a little different. To find out more about what you personally can expect on your road to a new smile, contact our team today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trantham.
Our dedicated team genuinely looks forward to serving your every oral healthcare need. Send us an email or call today for a consultation, and discover the difference our patient-centric approach can make in your next dental experience.