Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

The Dental Implant Process from Start to Finish

November 30, 2021
Posted By: Topeka Dentistry

We offer various options for patients considering dental implants in Topeka, KS, including single implants and fixed prosthetics. And our patients have been thrilled with their results.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not tooth replacements but rather tooth root replacements that create a stable foundation for artificial teeth or prosthetics like fixed dentures. Additionally, dental implants are a series of steps leading toward an aesthetically pleasing and functioning finish.

The Dental Implant Process Explained

Dental implants are a true investment in your smile because they restore function, promote better oral health, and allow you to chew your favorite foods with practiced ease. They also provide you with a beautiful smile.

Implant technology is a process, so if you’re wondering, “How long do dental implants take?” The answer is several months from start to finish.  

Step #1: Your Dental Implant Consultation

Getting started on your dental implant journey means a comprehensive evaluation and chat with our implant dentist in Topeka, KS. We provide an exam, x-rays, and talk to you about your smile goals at this visit.

Your dentist is looking at the health of your jawbone, the placement of your upper sinus, and what you’re hoping to gain through implant dentistry. This visit answers the question, “Are dental implants right for me?”

Sometimes, you’re an excellent candidate for implants. In other cases, your dentist may recommend pretreatments to bring you into candidacya sinus lift, bone grafting, or professional teeth cleaning.

If you are not a good candidate for implant dentistryeven with pretreatmentsyour dentist can talk to you about tooth replacement alternatives.

However, if implants will work for your needs, we arrange your implant surgery.

Step #2: Dental Implant Placement

On surgery day, your dentist numbs the implant area with a strong anesthetic. When the site is fully anesthetized, you’re ready for your dental implant, also known as a prosthetic tooth root.

This root bonds with your jawbone over a predetermined period, usually a few months.

Step #3: A Healing and Integration Period

After implant placement and when your anesthetic wears off, you may experience mild swelling and tenderness at the implant site, which is normal. Your dentist can recommend over-the-counter pain medication and provide tips to help ease the mild discomfort, including initial dietary restrictions. Discomfort typically disappears after a few days.

This step or period in the implant process can last a few monthsmeaning you don’t see the dentist again until your new tooth root has integrated into your jawbone. When this process finishes, you return to our dental office.

Step #4: Dental Crown or Prosthetic Placement

Now that your new tooth root has stabilized and integrated into your jawbone, you’re ready for your replacement tooth, commonly called a dental crown.

We can also provide you with an implant-retained prosthetic like a denture if you have significant or complete tooth loss. Typically, it takes six or fewer replacement roots to retain a denture, but your dentist will let you know for sure during your initial consultation. With implant-supported prosthetics, the process is the same.

After this final step, your dentist will talk to you about implant care, which is the same as natural tooth care:

  • Brush and floss twice daily.
  • Visit your dentist twice yearly.

Contact Your Dental Implant Dentist in Topeka, KS

Dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw and stop tooth migration, which can cause further tooth loss.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants or if you would like to learn more about our tooth replacement options, give us a call today.

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