If you’re interested in dental implants in Tomball, you may be wondering what you can expect from the implant placement process. Dental implants are a permanent, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. This means that the process is a bit more involved and time-consuming, compared to other restorative treatments like dental bridges and dentures.
To help you understand what to expect, we’ve put together a brief overview and guide to the entire dental implant placement process at Willow Creek Smiles:
At your first appointment, Dr. Nguyen will perform an oral exam, take x-rays and images of your teeth, and determine if you are a good candidate for an implant. To be a good candidate, you must be in good general and oral health, and be free of any major oral problems. Your gum and jaw must also be strong enough to support the implant without any complications.
In some cases, you may need a tooth extracted to prepare for your dental implant. If your jaw bone is not strong enough to support the implant on its own, you may also need a sinus lift or bone graft surgery. You’ll need to recover from these procedures before you can have an implant placed, which may take 3-6 months or longer.
Once your consultation has been completed, and you have undergone any necessary treatments to prepare for your implant, Dr. Nguyen will place the implant in your gum and jaw.
After the area is numbed and cleaned, a small incision is made in the area where the root of your missing tooth used to be. Then, the implant is placed, and the area is sutured shut. It usually takes only about an hour to place your implant.
The initial healing process after your implant has been placed will take between 3-7 days, in most cases. However, the implant must undergo the process of “osseointegration” before it can be completed with a restoration.
Osseointegration occurs when the natural gum and jaw tissue around your implant bond with it permanently, locking in place and providing a stable platform to which your restoration can be attached. This process takes between 3-6 months, in most cases.
After your implant has healed completely and integrated with the rest of your oral tissue, Dr. Nguyen will work with a third-party dental lab to create a porcelain crown, designed to mimic the size, shape, and appearance of your natural teeth. At your next appointment, this crown will be attached permanently to your dental implant, completing the procedure.
The process of getting a dental implant is complex and requires some patience. But if you do choose a dental implant from Willow Creek Smiles, your implant will look and feel totally natural, and it will likely last you for the rest of your life. Contact us at (281) 516-8575, or come to our office to schedule your appointment at 9166 FM 2920 Rd. Suite 900, Tomball, TX 77375.