Dental implants have become one of the most popular tooth replacement options due to their unique benefits. However, because they’re a newer technology, many still have questions about the treatment process. At Pinnacle Dental, we want are patients to have all the information they need, which is why we’ve included a step by step guide for how dental implants work.
If you have missing teeth and are interested in dental implants in Braintree, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our office. We will carefully examine your mouth, the number of teeth you’re missing, the condition of your oral health, and the strength of your jawbone before recommending dental implants as a solution. If you have any preexisting dental issues such as gum disease, we will treat them before the implant process can begin. Once we’ve created your personalized treatment plan for receiving your implants, we’ll schedule your surgery!
Most dental practices have to outsource for dental implants because the surgical process requires extra training and education. However, at Pinnacle Dental, you’ll work with the same dentist throughout the entire treatment—from beginning to end. This is not only convenient, saving you trips across town, but it also results in more consistent care.
We’ll start your implant surgery by ensuring that you’re numb, comfortable, and sedated. Then, we’ll create tiny incisions in your gums to access your jawbone. After making small holes, we will place your dental implants and provide you with temporary restorations to maintain your appearance while they heal.
Once your surgery is complete, we’ll allow about 3 to 4 months for your dental implant to heal—a process called osseointegration. Our dental implants are made out of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that will become part of your jaw once fully healed. While this process seems lengthy, it’s precisely what makes dental implants a strong and long-lasting tooth replacement. Then, we will place abutments on top of your implants, which are used to successfully mount your permanent restoration.
Once your implants are healed and the abutments are placed, we’ll mount our custom-made restorations on top of them. The type of restoration that we use will directly depend on the number of teeth that you’re missing, but every solution is personalized for your smile. If you’re only missing one tooth, we can seamlessly complete your smile with a beautiful dental crown. This restoration is crafted to match the color, shape, and size of the rest of your teeth.