Outlining the Dental Implant Process
The entire dental implant process can take anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the pre-treatments you need, but the surgery itself only takes about an hour or two. Since you’ll be sedated, you’ll need to have someone drive you to and from our office on the day of your procedure.
Dental Implant Consultation and Exam
The first step is to schedule an appointment with Butler cosmetic dentist, Dr. Bob, online or by calling (724) 282-4436. We’ll get you set up for a consultation and exam.
Dr. Bob will carefully inspect your mouth, teeth, and gums during your exam. We’ll also review your health history to determine if you are healthy enough for surgery. If Dr. Bob finds any signs of gum disease, we’ll recommend treatment. If your gum disease is in the early stages, you’ll be ready for dental implant surgery within two or three weeks. It may take longer if you have more advanced gum disease.
Dr. Bob will also examine your jaw to determine if you have adequate jawbone density to hold a dental implant. Most of the time, we find that people have enough jawbone. However, if you have low jawbone density, we’ll recommend a bone graft, or we can explore other forms of tooth replacement. Recovery times on a bone graft vary, but patients usually need a few months of healing.
If the tooth or teeth needing replacement are still around, we’ll need to extract them.
Tooth extraction is considered oral surgery but don’t worry! Tooth extraction is very safe, and you won’t feel any pain. In limited cases, we can do the extraction and dental implant surgery in one day, but most of the time, you’ll need to allow the extraction site time to heal before the dental implant surgery. Healing can take up to 10 weeks. During that time, we’ll fit you with temporary crowns so you can have a beautiful smile while you heal.
Dental Implant Surgery
On the day of your dental implant surgery, you’ll only need to spend about 1 or 2 hours in our office, but it’s best to take the day off to rest after your surgery. We’ll carefully make room for your dental implant during surgery and place it in your jawbone. The titanium post will act as your tooth root as soon as it’s healed. Healing can take 3 – 6 months.
There are cases where we can place your permanent crown on the day of your dental implant surgery, but other times, we’ll set a temporary crown while you heal.
Final Crown Placement
If you couldn’t get your final crown on the day of your dental implant surgery, we’ll place it after the surgery site is healed. This appointment is short, and before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful smile that you can’t help but show off!