Implant dentistry is easy to understand when you remember there are two parts of an implant that have to be installed at two different times. First, the post is attached to the jawbone and then the prosthetic tooth is attached to the post.
Here is a more detailed overview of the dental implant procedure process:
- Before scheduling your tooth implant procedure, you will have a consultation with Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady about whether you qualify as a candidate for the dental implant procedure. If you qualify for implant dentistry, then you will schedule two different dates for your tooth implant procedure.
- The first step of the dental implant procedure will occur on the first scheduled date. During this visit, Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady will surgically insert the titanium posts of the implants into your gums. If it is necessary, Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady will perform a proper, conservative extraction to preserve the existing bone structure before they place the tooth implant. Through a process called osseointegration, this post will naturally fuse with the jawbone over the next few months, creating a strong and lasting bond. Patients generally compare the tooth implant procedure to a tooth extraction and find that Tylenol or Motrin is sufficient to help them with pain management afterward.
- The second stage of the dental implant procedure will not occur until the posts have bonded and the surrounding tissue has healed. This process generally takes a few weeks. After that time, Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady performs the second, shorter stage of the dental implant procedure by attaching the prosthetic tooth to each post. This step completes the tooth implant procedure.
- To make sure the implants are bonding to the bone properly and healing rapidly, you will have periodic follow-up visits with Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady and their highly trained team who will monitor your progress and satisfaction with the results of the implant dentistry.