In 1952 the first dental implant was invented by Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. From that moment on, they’ve been seen as the perfect way to provide a beautiful smile to those who’ve had teeth removed. The astounding ability of titanium to stimulate growth in bone has made them the perfect choice for a new smile. Not only will you have a new beautiful smile, but your jaw will be strengthened while you enjoy your beautiful new smile.
Implants and Surgery At a Glance
- Beautifully restored smiles with natural-looking prosthesis
- Bone strengthened through osseointegration with titanium mounts
- It feels like your natural teeth and restores full function.
Implants and Surgery At Elite Dental Group
Receiving dental implants can take a little planning ahead due to it being a multi-stage process. These stages are necessary to properly install the titanium mounting into your jawbone and give them time to heal properly. These posts will be the points of support for your new restorations, which will be placed once the healing process is complete. Successful implantation and healing will allow your new teeth to function as well as your natural teeth.
- Initial Cleaning and Exam – The first step of the process is a full dental exam. During this exam, all existing oral health concerns will be identified, and a treatment plan developed. Cleaning of any remaining teeth is an integral part of this process, as is eliminating any existing infections.
- Necessary Extractions – Any remaining teeth that need to be removed are extracted at this stage. Often this is done in a separate visit from the dental exam and cleaning.
- Titanium Post Implant – Once you’ve healed from the extraction, you’ll be ready for your implant visit. This procedure is performed using general anesthesia, so it’s important you have someone to drive you home afterward. During the procedure, the implants will be placed into your jaw, and the gums stitched over them. The following six weeks will be dedicated to healing from this surgery.
- Placement of Prosthesis – Once the posts have finished healing, you’ll return to have your new teeth put in place. This involves opening the previous surgery sites to reveal the posts and mounting the prosthesis on them. In some cases, you may receive a temporary prosthesis before receiving the permanent one.
- Recovery – This stage is merely a recovery period following the final surgery. A little extra care will be required to ensure that it heals properly. Before long, you’ll be smiling bright and enjoying your favorite foods!
Barring any complication, this outlines the entire procedure. In certain cases, it might be an option to have your dental prosthesis attached to your posts during the first surgery. Call our offices for a consultation with Dr. Lisa Hashim to determine what options are available to you.