Many of our Bay Area, CA patients seem to believe that because of the amazing results possible with dental implants, the treatment process must be complicated. Fortunately, Dr. Field’s process is simple: he utilizes a 5-step implant process that has proven capable of providing our many patients with quality replacement teeth they can’t help but show off. We encourage you to read on to learn more about our implant process and what each step of it entails.
Your dental implant procedure begins with a consultation with Dr. Field. During your consultation, Dr. Field will perform a thorough examination of your oral health in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment with dental implants and, if so, which implant treatment might be best for your needs. At this point, your doctor will also take the time to determine whether or not you might need a supplemental procedure before you will be able to have an implant placed in your jawbone.
Some patients require a supplemental procedure before they are able to move forward with the dental implant process. These patients may not be able to support implants because their jawbone has deteriorated or their gums have receded to the point where they cannot provide the foundation required for implants to succeed. Fortunately, we can perform a procedure such as bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation in order to restore your oral health back to the point where it can support your dental implants.
If your oral health checks out, you will be ready for the dental implant procedure. During your procedure, an implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth root. Once in place, the area will then be stitched up so that it can heal properly. At this point, your doctor may choose to attach an abutment and temporary replacement crown to your implant fixture. However, it is not uncommon to wait until after the recovery period before having any other pieces attached to the fixture.
Once your implant fixture is in place, it will require four to six months of recovery time before you can move on to the next stage of the dental implant process. The reason why so much time is required for your implant to heal is because of the process of osseointegration, which occurs as your implant fixture recovers. Osseointegration works to see that your implant fixture fuses to your jawbone, which allows your body to manipulate your fixture just like it would one of your natural tooth roots. This process is possible because the titanium alloy that implants are made from is not recognized by your body as unnatural.
Once your implant fixture is properly healed, you will return to our practice in order to have your replacement tooth attached. At this point, the abutment will also be placed if it wasn’t already attached during a prior appointment. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, your restoration can take the form of a porcelain crown, a dental bridge, or an overdenture. Your chosen restoration will be custom made for you based on scans we will take of your remaining natural teeth. This allows us to provide our patients with beautiful replacement teeth that fit in perfectly with their remaining natural teeth, ensuring that no one will even be able to notice that some of your teeth are artificial.
If you are currently missing teeth and would like to learn more about the dental implant process, please contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Joe Field today. We want to help you regain your beautiful smile, and we believe that dental implants provide the best possible way of doing so. Do not hesitate to start the implant process; contact us today.
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Los Altos, CA 94022
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