The dental implant process will involve several trips to our Montclair, CA dentist office and a typical case will be completed in six to eight months. In most cases, every step of the implant process will take place at Montclair Plaza Dental Group. Our dentists and staff will work with you through the entire process to guarantee consistent and quality results.
The Dental Implant Process
Planning – The planning that goes into dental implants is the most important part of the process. Using advanced technology, one of our expert dentists will conduct a full mouth examination as well as review your medical history to make sure you qualify for implants. The number of implants and where they need to be placed will be carefully mapped out. A clear and concise plan will guarantee the best possible results.
Preparation – Preparing for the surgical implantation may involve nothing or several things. Do you suffer from gum disease? Then you will need to undergo treatment for that. Do you need teeth extracted? Those will need to be removed first and, for the best results, allowed time to heal properly. Do you have enough bone to support the implants? If you do not, then you may need to undergo a sinus lift or bone graft. Do you smoke or use tobacco? To give your implants the best possible chance for success, you will need to quit using tobacco altogether. All of these things will need to be addressed to guarantee the success of the implants.
Surgical Implantation – The placement of the dental implants will involve a surgical procedure. Here, the small titanium posts will be placed in the jaw bone in the predetermined location. A single implant will only take about an hour to place. Multiple dental implants can take up to three hours to place. In most cases, this step can be performed here in our Montclair, CA dentist office. The implants sit just below the gum line where they will fuse with the surrounding bone over a period of about three to six months.
Abutment Placement – After the implant has fully fused with the surrounding jaw bone, you will return for a minor procedure. Here the gums will be opened up and a small piece called an abutment will be attached to the implant. This will serve as the foundation for the permanent dental restoration. After the abutment is placed, the gum tissue will need a few weeks to heal.
Placing the Restoration – Once your gums are fully healed, your Montclair, CA dentist will place your permanent dental restoration. If you are missing one tooth, a single dental implant will be used to secure a dental crown. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, at least two dental implants will be used to secure a dental bridge. For multiple, non-consecutive missing teeth, anywhere from two to eight dental implants will be used to secure a denture on an arch.
How long will it take to complete my implant treatment?
This is completely dependent on your unique circumstances. A single missing tooth can be replaced in a healthy mouth in six months or less. However, if you require any of the above listed preparations, the entire process will take longer to accommodate additional treatments and healing times. In severe cases, the implant process can take up to a year. It is important to remember that this is not a simple process. It involves time and patience for the best possible outcome. In most cases, we will be able to place temporary teeth for function and aesthetic purposes.