Replacing teeth can seem like a complicated process, but our job at Del Mar Dental Arts is to demystify the process. Once you understand the different phases of treatment, why they are performed, and how Dr. Alhamdi and Dr. Faraji perform them, you’re sure to feel far more confident about your upcoming care. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, give our office a call and we’ll get an appointment set up!
At your initial visit, our team will closely examine your mouth and confirm If you are eligible for dental implants. This will include detailed X-rays, 3D cone beam imaging, and intraoral scans, giving us the most detailed picture possible of your current oral health. During this exam, we’ll learn if any preparatory treatments are necessary before implant surgery can be performed. For example, if you currently have gum disease or your bone is too thin to receive a dental implant, periodontal therapy or a sinus lift (a form of bone grafting) may be needed to ensure successful treatment.
In order to place the implants into the jaw, an incision is made directly in the gums. From there, a tiny hole is created in the jaw so the implant can be effectively placed. Since we perform detailed planning prior to surgery, your treatment should be very predictable. Upon placing the implants, we know exactly how much bone tissue is present and where nearby, sensitive oral structures are located (i.e. blood vessels, nerves, etc.) Upon placing the implant, the gum tissue will be stitched closed and given time to heal. From there, it will begin integrating with the jaw.
The process of the implant fusing with the bone tissue is known as “osseointegration” and takes several months to complete. While this process is slow, it is essential for ensuring a long-lasting, reliable, and durable tooth replacement. The implant post is made from titanium, which is biocompatible and safe inside the body. This means the body should not reject it once it is placed.
After four to six months have passed, you should be able to receive an abutment, which is a connector that provides a solid foundation for the permanent restoration. After this is placed, a few more weeks of healing are needed.
At your final appointment, we’ll be able to place the restoration directly on the implant. Depending on the number of implants you needed to have placed, your restoration could be a crown, bridge or denture. We make sure to utilize only natural-looking, highly durable porcelain materials to cover implants. This ensures the most lifelike appearance possible and true longevity in your tooth replacement. After we place the restoration, we’ll confirm that your bite is even and that you feel comfortable having it in your mouth. If any adjustments need to be made, they will be done so at this visit.