Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They act as a strong foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth, but they are considered an important investment as they are an effective replacement for missing teeth–which can severely impact your life. They also help support the structure of your jawbone, which can prevent bone loss and help you maintain a more youthful appearance.
This guide will cover what patients can expect during a dental implant procedure at Hanna Dental. We will discuss the different stages of the implant procedure and provide an estimated timeline for each step. We will also provide information on how to care for your implants to ensure they last a long time.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
At Hanna Dental Implant Center, we assess each individual to determine if they are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Our team of experienced dentists will evaluate your jawbone density and quantity, your overall health, and any existing dental issues. We can also advise you on the best treatment plan for your dental needs.
When evaluating you for dental implants, our dentists will consider factors such as your overall health, the condition of your jawbone, existing dental issues, and the type of implant best suited for you. Generally, the treatment will take anywhere from 3-6 months from start to finish.
Planning Your Dental Implant Procedure
During your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss your desired results. They will also explain the dental implant procedure, its risks and benefits, and how long it will take.
How will my dentist determine the best treatment plan for me?
Your dentist will determine the best treatment plan for you based on your health needs and lifestyle. They will take into consideration the condition of your teeth and gums, the type of implant you need, and your desired results.
What should I expect during the planning process?
During the planning process, your dentist will take pictures, x-rays and a 3D scan to make a digital model of your face and mouth. This will help them determine the exact size and position of the implant needed for the best possible results. On average, the dental implant procedure can take anywhere from one to three months to complete.
What Happens During the Dental Implant Procedure?
Will I be asleep during the procedure?
Your dentist may recommend anesthesia to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. This will be completely up to you as you will be able to choose the type of sedation you prefer.
What will my dentist do to prepare my mouth for the implant?
Your dentist will first take X-rays and digital impressions of your mouth to determine the size and shape of your implant. They may also need to make an incision in your gum if needed.
What will it feel like when the implant is placed in my mouth?
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before placing the implant. You may feel pressure during the procedure, but no pain should be felt.
After Your Dental Implant Procedure
What should I expect during my recovery?
It is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after a dental implant procedure, but just know this will soon pass and shouldn’t be extreme. Use it as an excuse to take it easy, as this will allow a speedy recovery. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions for recovery, which may include taking antibiotics, eating a soft food diet, and refraining from smoking or drinking alcohol. While your dentist will be able to provide you with more information about what to expect during your recovery, make sure you choose a provider who will support your recovery process. Hanna Dental strives for every patient to receive stellar dental service, but equally important is that patients feel cared for and supported for a comfortable recovery.
What can I eat after the procedure?
After a dental implant procedure, you should stick to a soft food diet, such as eggs, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid eating anything crunchy, hard, or sticky, as this could damage the implant site.
How can I take care of my dental implant to ensure proper healing?
It is important to practice good oral hygiene to ensure the proper healing of your dental implant. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your implant site clean. Make sure to attend regular check-ups with your dentist to monitor your dental implant’s progress.
Completing the Dental Implant Process
What happens after the implant is placed?
After the implant is placed, the surrounding gum tissue is allowed to heal. During this time, the implant integrates with the surrounding bone and forms a strong foundation for the restoration (abutment and crown) to be placed. At Hanna Dental, you will receive a temporary crown and abutment when you receive the implant.
How is the abutment and crown placed on the implant?
After the implant is placed, you will usually receive a temporary abutment and crown.
When your gum tissue has healed, you will receive your permanent abutment and crown. The abutment and crown are placed on the implant once the surrounding gum tissue has healed and the implant has fully integrated with the surrounding bone. During this appointment, the abutment and crown will be placed on the implant, and your bite will be checked for proper fit and comfort.
What should I expect during my final appointment?
At your final appointment, you can expect to have your restoration checked by your dentist to ensure it fits properly and looks natural. This appointment will typically take around an hour to complete.
Maintaining Your Dental Implant
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
The time it takes to complete the entire process can vary depending on your individual needs and situation. At Hanna Dental, we make sure your procedure is as quick and simple as possible. To achieve this, we use immediate load implants, which allows you to go home with a completed smile on the same day. On average, the procedure can take between 1 and 2 hours.
How often should I visit my dentist after my implant is placed?
It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions and visit them regularly to ensure your dental implant is healing properly. Generally speaking, you’ll need to visit your dentist for check-ups at least twice a year.
How can I properly care for my dental implant at home?
It’s important to take good care of your dental implant at home in order to maintain its longevity and health.
This includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and using mouthwash to help keep bacteria away.
What potential complications should I be aware of?
Complications from a dental implant procedure are rare, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. These can include infection, nerve damage, sinus issues, and failure of the implant to fuse with the bone. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.
All-On-4 Vs. Single Tooth Implants
The following table provides a detailed comparison between single-tooth dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants, outlining the key steps and considerations before, during, and after each procedure.
|Single Tooth Dental Implant||All-on-4 Dental Implants|
|Before||1. Initial Consultation||Consultation to evaluate the need for a single tooth implant, assess oral health, and take X-rays.||Consultation to evaluate the need for All-on-4 implants, assess oral health, and take X-rays.|
|2. Treatment Planning||Create a customized treatment plan detailing the procedure timeline and costs.||Create a customized treatment plan detailing the procedure timeline and costs.|
|3. Bone Graft (If needed)||If there is insufficient bone, a bone graft may be necessary to support the implant.||If there is insufficient bone, a bone graft may be necessary to support the implants.|
|During||1. Implant Placement||An incision is made in the gum, a hole is drilled into the jawbone, and the implant is inserted.||Four implants are placed in strategic positions in the upper or lower jaw to provide support for the full arch of teeth.|
|2. Healing Phase||The implant fuses with the jawbone during a healing period of 3-6 months, called osseointegration.||The implants fuse with the jawbone during a healing period of 3-6 months, called osseointegration.|
|3. Abutment Placement||Temporary abutment is placed immediately after extraction.||After healing, the gum is reopened, and the abutments are attached to the implants.|
|4. Impression & Crown||An impression is taken of the mouth to create a custom dental crown that matches the patient’s teeth.||An impression is taken of the mouth to create a custom full arch of teeth that matches the patient’s existing teeth.|
|After||1. Crown Placement||The dental crown is placed over the abutment and secured, completing the single tooth implant procedure.||The full arch of teeth is placed over the abutments and secured, completing the All-on-4 implant procedure.|
|2. Recovery & Aftercare||Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medications and by following post-operative instructions.||Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medications and by following post-operative instructions.|
|3. Maintenance||Maintain good oral hygiene, attend regular dental check-ups, and follow any specific care instructions provided by the dentist.||Maintain good oral hygiene, attend regular dental check-ups, and follow any specific care instructions provided by the dentist.|
How are Dental Implants Done: FAQs
How long is a dental implant treatment?
The length of a dental implant treatment can vary, depending on the case’s complexity. Generally, the implant process takes anywhere from 2 to 6 months, with an average of 4 months. Your dentist will be able to give you a better idea of the timeframe for your particular procedure.
How many teeth do you get with implants?
Generally, one implant is enough to replace a single tooth. However, if you are missing several teeth, multiple implants may be used to support a dental bridge or denture. The most common technique for full mouth implants is the All-on-X technique, as it is ideal for people wanting to restore multiple teeth. This technique uses a minimum of four dental implants that are strategically placed to create a full-arch denture.
Can tooth extraction and implant be done at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to have a tooth extraction and implant placed at the same time. Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and determine if this is the best option for you.
How are Dental Implants Done: Conclusion
Dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement as they provide a permanent solution that looks and functions just like natural teeth.
Unlike dentures or bridges, implants are securely anchored into your jawbone, providing stability and durability for many years to come. Additionally, dental implants can help prevent bone loss and preserve the shape of your face.
If you are interested in getting a dental implant, the first step is to arrange an initial consultation with your dentist. During your consultation, your dentist will assess your individual needs, discuss the implant surgery in detail and answer any questions that you may have. Your dentist will also provide you with an estimate of how long the dental implant surgery will take.
At Hanna Dental, we understand that every patient has unique needs and goals. That’s why discussing your case with an experienced and qualified dentist is important. With the right care and attention, you can get a dental implant that looks and feels like a natural tooth lasting many years.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer! Schedule a consultation with Hanna Dental Implants today and discover how our expertise in implant dentistry can help restore your smile and confidence.