If you’d like to restore missing teeth with dental implants in Souderton, you may be wondering what the procedure is like. Dental implants require multiple appointments over up to six months or more, and things are a bit different for every patient.
In general, though, dental implant treatment can be broken into three primary stages. Read on to learn more about each one, and get insights into how the procedure works, and what to expect if you get dental implants in Souderton from Dr. Spencer Grossman and the team at Indian Valley Dental.
1. Dental Implant Placement Surgery
After any other necessary appointments and preparatory surgeries, you’ll visit Indian Valley Dental for implant placement surgery. To begin your appointment, Dr. Grossman will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he will make an opening in your gums and jawbone, based on your surgical plan.
Then, he will place a small titanium dental implant directly into this opening. Once it’s in place, he will clean and disinfect the area, and suture it shut to promote proper healing. He will send you home with a set of instructions on how to care for your new implant. The initial healing process takes about two weeks, but you can typically get back to your routine within a day of surgery.
2. Placing Your Abutment On Your Dental Implant
After the initial dental implant recovery period, it will take around 3-6 months for your dental implant to fully bond with your jaw bone. This process is called “osseointegration.” When the implant osseointegrates with your bone tissue, this “locks” the implant in place, preventing it from moving. Essentially, it becomes a natural part of your mouth.
Once your implant has fully bonded with your jaw, you will come back to Indian Valley Dental for a quick follow-up, where Dr. Grossman will attach the “abutment.” This is another small piece of metal that attaches to your implant and connects it to the implant restoration, such as a dental crown.
This process usually only takes a few minutes. Dr. Grossman will clean and numb the area, reopen the gum to expose your implant, then attach the abutment and suture the area shut. It will take about two weeks to fully heal, but this process is much less invasive than dental implant surgery.
3. Attaching Your Final Dental Implant Restoration
Once your abutment is in place, you’ll return to Indian Valley Dental for a few consultations so that Dr. Grossman can take images and impressions of your teeth and dental implant. He will work with a dental lab to create a custom dental restoration based on this information, such as a dental crown.
After your abutment has healed and your final dental implant restoration is finished, you’ll come back to our office one last time. Dr. Grossman will double-check the fit of your restoration. Then, if everything looks right, he will permanently attach it to your implant, then send you home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.
Come To Indian Valley Dental For Dental Implants In Souderton
Dental implants are the best way to replace one or more missing teeth. If you’re suffering from tooth loss in Souderton or Indian Valley, our team is here to help. As an expert implant dentist, Dr. Grossman can restore your smile, your oral health, and your self-confidence. Contact us online or give us a call at (215) 723-5531 to schedule an implant consultation, and see if you’re a good candidate for treatment.