Here at Midland Family Dental Care, we’ve begun to notice a lot of buzz about dental implants. Our patients are ecstatic that there is finally a permanent solution to missing teeth that is both incredibly comfortable and completely stable. With results that are this great, many of our patients have been coming to us with questions about the dental implant process. In response to these many questions, Dr. Fred A. Puccio is blogging from his Wyckoff, NJ office to give an overview of the dental implant process and what you can expect from each step of the process.
A Straightforward Process for a New Smile
The dental implant process is actually not that complicated. In fact, it can be broken down into three easy steps. These steps include:
During your procedure, Dr. Puccio will make a small incision on your gums, exposing your jawbone. An implant fixture will then be placed in the empty spot left by the missing tooth, and then the area will be stitched up for the recovery period. Dr. Puccio may also choose to attach an abutment and temporary replacement tooth to your implant fixture. However, it is not unusual to wait until after the recovery period before attaching anything to your implant fixture.
The Recovery Period
The recovery period is the most important part of the process as this is when osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jaw structure as a natural part of your body. This is possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which the body does not recognize as a foreign material. Each implant fixture is also covered in small holes and ridges, which your jawbone and gums will proceed to thread themselves through as they heal, pulling your fixture permanently into place. It is this process that allows your dental implants to work and feel just like natural teeth.
Once the healing period is over and osseointegration has finished, you will return to our office to have your replacement teeth fitted. The abutment will also be placed at this point if it wasn’t attached directly after the procedure. We model your replacement teeth after actual scans we will take of your natural teeth. This means that once your replacement teeth are attached, no one will be able to tell the difference between your artificial and natural teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation in Wyckoff, NJ
While it is true that the dental implant process tends to take more time to complete than treatment with dentures or dental bridges, the results possible with dental implants more than make up for the wait. The replacement teeth offered by dental implants offer a level of comfort and stability that simply cannot be matched by other restoration treatments. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the dental implant process you would like addressed, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Fred A. Puccio today. We look forward to working with you soon!