Find out more about dental implants in a free consult with Dr. Ferrell, (303) 214-9195.
The dental implant procedure requires several visits for planning, placement, healing, and attachment of the restoration. Following are the typical steps in a dental implant process.
Dental Implant Step 1 – Evaluation
The first step in the implant process is to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. At a free implant consultation, we can talk to you about your specific needs, as well as your dental history and your medical history.
Dental Implant Step 2 – Planning
If you decide to move forward with implants, we’ll evaluate your bone (using 3D X-ray images) and plan the placement of your implant(s) using a CAD process. We use this amazing computer-aided design technology to fabricate a guide, which helps ensure the best placement of the implant and the restoration (crown).
Dental Implant Step 3 – Placement Of the Implant
We surgically place the implant(s) in your bone. The implant itself is a post, made out of titanium, that functions like a natural tooth root.
Dental Implant Step 4 – Healing And Fusion (Known As Osseointegration)
Typically, there’s a three to four month healing time for the implant to fully fuse with your jawbone. The fancy term for this is “osseointegration.” In some cases, new implants can immediately support temporary restorations – this is primarily dependent on the amount and quality of bone in your mouth. For other people, the full three to four months of healing time will be required before a temporary or permanent restoration can be placed on the implant. In this time, the gum also begins to naturally grow around the implant.
Dental Implant Step 4 – Fabrication Of The Permanent Restoration
Once you’ve finished healing, and the implant is secure in your jawbone, we’ll make a permanent restoration (crown or bridge), which will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Step 5 – Placement Of The Permanent Restoration
An abutment (which serves as a connector between the implant and the crown or bridge) is screwed onto the top of the implant, and the crown or bridge is cemented over the abutment. Voila, you have a new implant(s), with restorations that look and function like your natural teeth. You can smile with confidence and eat whatever you want!
For more about the dental implant process, please call (303) 214-9195, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Our single-tooth dental implants start at just $2,495, and we offer payment plans (with interest). We accept most types of dental insurance, as well as CareCredit financing. Our dental office is in Lowry, near 6th and Quebec.