What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants

They say “smile and the whole world smiles with you!”. At Thayer Dental Care, we understand that there might be many reasons why our patients in Thayer, MO might be reticent to unleash their smiles upon the world. They may have missing, broken or crooked teeth. They may feel that their teeth are not as white as they were, or they may worry that their dentures aren’t properly affixed and could lead to embarrassment. 

We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options for patients of all backgrounds, ages and budgets. When it comes to dealing with lost or broken teeth, Dental Implants are widely regarded as the gold standard. They are precision engineered to look, feel and behave exactly like your real teeth with an appearance that’s so seamless, only your dentist really knows for sure.

Many of our patients come to us with a lot of questions when considering dental implants. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to what you can expect when getting dental implants in Thayer, MO.

How long does it take?

The period between the first impressions being taken of your teeth and you walking out of our surgery with your gleaming dental implants in place could be between 6-9 months. This can vary depending on your which teeth are being replaced, how many teeth are being replaced or whether a broken tooth will need to be extracted prior to the procedure.

Preparation

Your dentist will take multiple impressions of your mouth to ensure that the crown replaced to your implant is a perfect fit both aesthetically and practically. Great care will be taken to ensure that the implant looks, feels and acts just like your real tooth. 

Phase one

The first phase requires the surgical implantation of a titanium steel post which is inserted directly into the jawbone where the root of your tooth would have been. In the case of broken and incomplete teeth, these are removed bodily before the post can be fitted.

A local anesthetic is administered and an incision is made in the gum to expose the jawbone and a hole is drilled into the bone to accommodate the post. This is then screwed in and the jaw bone is then left to heal for 6 to 12 weeks. 

Over this time, the jaw bone heals around the post. Your dentist may give you a temporary crown for this intersticial period.

Phase two

Now the process of attaching the crown takes place.

The gum is reopened to expose the implant and an abutment is added to which the crown is secured. When the crown is completed in the lab, your dentist will likely ask you to test it out to see how it feels. If you have gone a long time without a tooth in the gap it may feel strange at first, but rest assured, you will quickly get used to it.

Now you can enjoy smiling with confidence once again. 

Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about what to expect when getting dental implants, Click Here to contact us. We can’t wait to tell you about all the exciting ways in which we can help you to get the smile you deserve!

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