What Are the Steps when Having a Dental Implant Placed?
Posted on 5/15/2021 by Greg Kammeyer
Your general dentist or your implant surgeon will review the options associated with treating the area(s) that you want improvement on. Once it is determined by you and your restorative dentist that dental implant(s) are the best solution. Dr Kammeyer focuses both on what you want and what methods of treatment are most predictable, with the pros and cons of each. It is best for you if you tell us your specific wants desires and concerns so that a custom plan can be formulated that suits you.
At your examination or at a separate consultation, he will again review your options for treatment. After Dr Kammeyer evaluates your mouth and consults with your general dentist, they will have a "blueprint" for your long term dental health, a mutually agreeable plan, that is "most predictable" and often an "adequate" alternative for your approval. The plan is laid out so you know exactly the time, amount of treatment and fees associated with all your care before you begin. Financing options are discussed then as well and most importantly we will plan on how to make your surgery comfortable.
Treatment often will begin with some preliminary care to further plan the exact tooth location which dictates the implant(s) location. Many times a surgical guide is made to get the implants in the exact location desired and/or transitional teeth are made to replace extracted teeth.
When teeth are removed, the dental implant(s) and a bone substitute are often placed at the same visit which preserves the bone and soft tissue shape and volume as well as decreases treatment time, numbers of surgeries and treatment cost. Typically a 3-4 month waiting period provides the most predictable result. During this time, the transitional teeth are worn which provide an adequate substitute for the implanted teeth.
Once the bone has "integrated" with the dental implant, Dr Kammeyer tests the implant by evaluating it on an x-ray and with a special test called resonance frequency analysis. This test combined with 36 years of dental implant surgery experience helps assure you, Dr Kammeyer and your restorative dentist that the implant is stable and ready to have the final tooth (teeth) fabricated.
Your restorative dentist will take 2-3 visits for a single tooth and more visits for larger tooth replacement projects. Keep in mind that you and your dentist want the best final result, so the time he/she takes to fuss over the results will pay off with a satisfying and lasting solution.
Dr Kammeyer and your dentist will follow the area(s) to confirm that the results met or exceeded your expectations. Your maintenance cleanings and evaluations are especially important, much as with a new car, so minor imperfections can be corrected if need be. We commonly hear that patients are delighted with how well implanted teeth work and see patients that phase treatments come back more relaxed for further care.
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