Dental Implants

Our Dental Implant Process

A dental implant is an artificial root that is used to support a replacement tooth or teeth. This is done by placing a small titanium dental implant into the bone. In time, your bone will integrate with the implant, which will act as an anchor for one or more artificial teeth. The integration of your implant usually takes anywhere from 2-6 months to complete.

We will take an impression of your mouth to create a perfect 3D model once your dental implant has integrated with your healed jawbone. Using this representation, a matching artificial tooth will be designed and created by a dental lab. We guarantee that your replacement tooth will look and function just like your regular tooth would. This entire process can be performed in as few as three visits.

Who Qualifies for a Dental Implant?

Candidates for dental implants must be in good general health as the success of the surgery is significantly increased if the patient has a healthy daily diet, strong gums, does not smoke, and does not have a systemic disease such as diabetes. Patients also need to have fully developed jawbones and a high bone density. This is because a dental implant requires a healthy level of existing bone to properly integrate into your mouth.

Caring for Your Dental Implant At Home

Certain bacteria can prevent an implant from fully integrating with the jawbone during the healing process. To promote the longevity of your dental implant, there are several at-home care steps to ensure it remains clean and free of harmful bacteria:

  • Brush twice-a-day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • If you experience bleeding during the first 24 hours, lightly bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. Repeat with fresh gauze if bleeding persists.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours after the procedure. Rinsing will remove the blood clot that has formed, which may extend recovery time.
  • Stick to a soft-food diet for the first 2-3 days before returning to your regular diet.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Use Tylenol or Advil for pain management.
  • Do not smoke.