Now that people have begun to recognize the many benefits of dental implants, the procedure is becoming more and more commonplace. Additionally, ongoing advancements in implant technique and technology continue to improve the patient experience.
Implant surgery has an extremely high success rate. You can expect that your new teeth will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth – both to yourself and others.
The treatment process
The initial phase of dental implant treatment involves gathering diagnostic information, which often includes 3D imaging of the teeth, gums, and bone. Our oral surgeons will educate you about the treatment options available and help you choose the option that best suits your needs and situation.
The initial restoration is generally done on the day of the implant placement. It is replaced several months later with a permanent restoration once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Depending on your particular situation, the entire implant placement and permanent restoration may be carried out in one visit. Other treatment plans may require several visits and a longer duration of treatment. Certain cases may require additional bone grafting procedures to enhance the integration and aesthetics of the case.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or several teeth, there are two basic approaches:
- Standard placement: This is a two-stage process that happens over multiple visits. First the implant is placed with a temporary crown. Then, several months later after the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown and the restoration is completed.
- Immediate Load Implant Procedure: This procedure, which we refer to as a Same-Day Smile, allows patients to receive new implants and permanent teeth on the same day.
Our oral surgeons and your restorative dentist will weigh a number of factors with you in order to determine which procedure is best suited for your particular case.
To learn more about our team approach to patient care and how dental implants might benefit you, please contact us at our Fayetteville office.