If you are missing teeth, prompt and effective tooth replacement is important for not only your dental health, but for overall quality of life. But some people may feel apprehensive and overwhelmed by the whole process of getting dental implants. Dr. Brent Moses, a Virginia Beach dental implant dentist, lays out the process below. Knowing what to expect may put patients as ease and make all the difference.
The process for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. Getting a dental implant is not a one visit procedure. It requires surgery, time and healing in order for them to function properly.
The Dental Implant Process
The first step in the dental implant process is a comprehensive evaluation and examination of your oral health as well as your overall health. Here, Dr. Moses will inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth to determine if dental implants are right for you. He will then create a personalized dental implant treatment plan based off your evaluation. It is important to be in the best health so that the implant can heal properly. Since no two patients have the same mouth or dental concerns; a very detailed plan must be laid out in advance.
The next step is the surgical implantation of the dental implant. The dental implant is made up of a bio-compatible titanium material and will serve as the tooth root substitute. In many cases, Dr. Moses will be able to surgically place the dental implant in our Virginia Beach dentist office. For more complex cases, Dr. Moses may work with a local oral surgeon or periodontist to coordinate the surgical phase of treatment. If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. In some cases, Dr. Moses may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, a dental bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
While the dental implant is healing, your dental crown, denture, or bridge will be fabricated at a dental laboratory according to Dr. Moses specifications. The last step in the dental implant process is the attachment of the abutment to the implant post once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone. The final restoration is then secured to the dental implant abutment for a permanent restoration at our Virginia Beach dentist office.
Caring for your Dental Implants
Caring for your dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food and plaque. You should also floss your teeth at minimum once a day to remove plaque that hides the in spaces between your teeth that a tooth brush cannot reach. Most importantly, you should visit Dr. Moses at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional teeth cleaning at his Virginia Beach dentist office.