The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are a remarkably safe treatment, with a success rate as high as 95–98 %. Thanks to new protocols and technology, more patients can enjoy the many benefits of implants. Even conditions that may have disqualified you in the past can now be treated simultaneously. At Dr. R. Younes’ Dental Care we offer a top-of-the-line, four-step process that has brought many other patients like you amazing results at prices they can afford.
Step One: Your One-on-One Consultation
Your dental implant journey begins with a consultation at our Trenton office. At this time, we’ll look at your missing tooth and get a strong understanding of your dental health. This part is crucial because everyone’s oral anatomy is different and we want to build a solution customized to you. Once this is completed, Dr. Younes will recommend a treatment plan and if you decide that dental implants are something you’re interested in, we’ll schedule your next visit for the procedure.
In-Office Technology: CT Scanner
It’s important to note how technology plays a role in your dental implant treatment. In the past, x-ray film scans were the only way for implant providers to peer into a patient’s mouth. But thanks to more advanced technology, we now can see all the ins and outs of a patient’s oral condition, from bone density to loose teeth. Our office houses an advanced CT scanner that takes 3D images of a patient’s jaw, for a more in-depth look. Using these scans, we can accurately plan the placement of your dental implant, so that it fits seamlessly into your smile without disturbing neighboring teeth. We also use these scans to better assess if a patient is in need of a supplemental procedure, such as a bone graft or soft tissue augmentation.
Computer-Guided Implant Surgery
A strong advantage of 3D imaging is the application to computer-guided treatments. Now, this doesn’t mean that a robot is placing your implant. Instead, Dr. Younes uses the scans to virtually plan the procedure and place the implant, dramatically reducing chances of implant failure or human error. With this plan in mind, Dr. Younes can accurately place your implant firmly and without disturbing neighboring teeth.
Step Two: The Dental Implant Procedure
The next step after the consultation depends on the specific details of your treatment plan. Many patients undergo a supplementary procedure, such as a bone augmentation, in order to prepare for dental implant placement. If you are ready for the implant, then the first post-consultation visit will see the placement of the fixture.
The implant fixture is a biocompatible post that is placed in the sector of the jaw affected by the missing tooth. You should feel only minimal discomfort, with general or local anesthetic sometimes offered to help further minimize any pain. Once the fixture is placed, we’ll prepare the site for healing.
Step Three: A Little R&R
Over the next three to six months, your jaw will be regenerating bone tissue thanks to stimulation from the new implant. This is known as osseointegration. The new bone tissue is naturally produced by your jaw when you strain old tissue, much like how muscles regenerate and strengthen after a good workout. These new tissues will weave in and around the implant to anchor it in place.
About six weeks before the implant site fully heals you’ll come back in to attach the abutment. This is a small piece that goes right on top of the fixture and is eventually used to securely fasten the crown atop the implant.
Step Four: Completing Your Picture Perfect Smile
You’re at home stretch. Your jaw has assimilated the implant, the abutment has been placed, and you’re finally ready for the crown. This is when you get the actual replacement tooth installed. These are known as crowns and are made custom for you.
By considering the size, color, and texture of adjacent teeth, we can make a crown that blends in so well that no one but you will know it’s a dental implant. Making the crown may require a visit or two, and once it’s ready you can come in for the final placement.
It’s your smile and we want it to be everything you’ve expected, so if there’s something about the crown that you don’t like then please bring it to our attention. Your happiness and satisfaction are what matters, so do not be shy — we’ll do everything in our power to ensure that the treatment is done to your standards.
Are You Ready to Take the Initiative with Your Oral Health?
Dental implants are an amazing treatment and, best of all, are cost-effective. Not only are they long-lasting, they can also help reduce the likelihood of oral infection which saves you on expensive costs down the road. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to learn more about the treatment, please call our Trenton office.