When you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants are a great way to restore the function and appearance of your smile while preserving the underlying jawbone. Due to the fact that implants are actually anchored into your jaw like your natural teeth, the process takes several appointments over a long period of time rather than one quick visit.
- Initial Visit: At your first visit to our office, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to determine if you are an implant candidate as well as come up with a treatment plan if another condition is responsible for your tooth loss. In patients with severe bone loss, a dental implant may only be possible after a bone grafting procedure so that there is something to securely hold the implant in your jaw. We will also get your full health history to make sure you don’t have any medical issues that would prevent your implant from being successful.
- Oral Surgery: Once you have passed the initial screening, the next step is to have the implant fixture screwed into your jawbone while under anesthesia.
- Osseointegration: The longest step during the implant process is osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs over several months as the fixture is fused to your jawbone. Although this usually takes 3 to 6 months, in some patients it can take up to a year.
- The Dental Prosthetic: Once osseointegration is complete, we can top it off with your crown or bridge. Your dental prosthetic will be custom designed especially for you so that it will look as natural as your existing teeth.
Although dental implants are not a “quick fix” to missing teeth, they are a lasting one. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we have placed 1000s of successful implants. Our board-certified periodontists have the training experience to ensure that each step of the implant process is properly performed before we move on to the next. To learn more about dental implants or any of the other periodontic services we offer, schedule an appointment at our Anthem or Summerlin location today.