Missing teeth can take a toll on your self-confidence — and that’s to say nothing of how tooth loss impacts your ability to eat and speak with ease. Fortunately, dental implants are a wonderful option for many patients who have suffered or are on the brink of losing one or more teeth. And did you know this tooth replacement option can be completed in just three steps? Keep reading to learn how dental implants in Lancaster work, and how they can transform your smile after tooth loss.
#1: Evaluation and Preparation
Step one of any dental implant treatment plan is evaluation and preparation. During this phase, your implant dentist will check to make sure you are, in fact, an eligible candidate for this procedure. Patients should be in good oral and overall health to reduce the risk of implant failure. If you have been missing teeth for several months or if you have a weaker jawbone structure, you may need to have a bone graft or sinus lift performed before the implants can be placed. This procedure often adds extra time to the implant process, but it is worth it to help you enjoy the numerous benefits of a comprehensive tooth replacement.
#2: Placing the Dental Implant(s)
Once we are sure your jawbone is sturdy enough for proper anchoring of each dental implant, we will begin the surgical placement. This step is completed under anesthesia which numbs the jaw to ensure you do not feel a thing. Sedation is available for added comfort.
To place each dental implant, your dentist will carefully open the gum line and insert the post directly into the area where the root structure has been lost. Then the gum tissue is stitched closed and healing begins.
Over the period of four to six months, the titanium implant post encourages the growth of bone tissue to help the jawbone gradually fuse together with the dental implant. Once this process is complete, you are ready for the third and final phase of the implant treatment.
#3: Final Restoration!
This is the most exciting part! It’s when you receive your new teeth. First, your dentist will expose the top of each dental implant and place a connecting abutment. After one more brief healing period, you return to our office for the final placement of your crown, bridge, or denture. And you leave our office smiling bigger than you have in a while!
Are You a Candidate?
There you have it — the best option in tooth replacement is completed in just 3 simple steps. Now the question is, are dental implants right for you? The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist in Lancaster County. If you are, we look forward to getting started right away.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Sean Moriarty is a general dentist in Lancaster providing expert implant dentistry at Mor Smiles. To learn more about his restorative dental services, including whether or not you are eligible for dental implants, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office at 717-961-5767.