Dental Implants – Plano, TX
The Closest Restorative Option To Your Natural Teeth
Are you wondering how long the process of getting implants takes? Depending on several factors, your timeline to get dental implants in Plano can vary. Dr. Antoon utilizes the latest treatments and technology so that you can enjoy a healthier and happier smile in no time. This procedure comes so highly recommended by dentists and patients alike because it’s the best option out there!
Dental Implant Consultation
During your initial consultation with Dr. Antoon, he will evaluate your oral health and be on the lookout for signs of any issues such as gum disease. This is also a great time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure and talk about what you’d like to achieve.
After an X-ray and an oral inspection to determine that you have proper jawbone density and are a good candidate for the procedure, he will develop a treatment plan unique to your smile. If you do have any oral health issues, there’s no need to worry, you may just have to account for additional treatments or procedures in your timeline.
Surgically Placing Your Implants
After your consultation, you may need preparatory surgeries such as bone grafting to make sure that your implants are successful. The length of healing will vary from patient to patient, but typically, bone grafting takes about 4 to 6 months to heal.
Once your jawbone has healed, your implants can then be placed. Your oral surgeon will make small incisions in your gum to place your titanium implants that will serve as the roots of your missing teeth. They will be placed into the bone so they can fuse and provide a strong and stable foundation for your restorations through a process called osseointegration. You will still have gaps where your teeth are missing until your gums are healed and your abutments can be placed.
Osseointegration and Placing the Abutments
4 to 6 months healing time is necessary after your implants are placed because through the process of osseointegration, your restorations will be able to function and feel like your natural teeth and unite with your jawbone. Once it’s complete, you may need another minor surgery to place the piece that will connect your restorations to your implants, called the abutment. After that's done, your gums will need to heal for another couple of weeks before your custom restorations are connected.
Placing Your Restorations
Once your gums are healed, Dr. Antoon will take impressions of your mouth to send off to a dental lab to have your custom-fitted restorations made. After they arrive, your crown, bridge, or dentures will be placed on top of your abutments.
With so many factors that go into your individual dental implant timeline, the best way to learn how your unique process will go is by scheduling a consultation with your dentist in Plano. Dr. Antoon and our team are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you start your journey towards a happier and healthier smile. To schedule a consultation today, all you need to do is contact us!