How Does a Dental Implant Procedure Work
Dental implants have a fascinating history and an impressive power to transform a person’s life. No other dental restoration option comes even close when it comes to enabling a patient to eat, talk and laugh with absolute confidence, just like they could with their own natural teeth.
Whatever the reason for tooth loss, a dental implant can make up for and fulfill the function of the missing tooth. No wonder that all-on-4 dental implant specialists in Murrieta and the surrounding areas have been busy helping patients learn more about the procedure and decide if it was the right choice for them.
Planning an implant procedure has a cardinal role in the success of an implant procedure and the quality of the patient’s overall experience. The patient’s experience is part of a successful treatment outcome. But how exactly does a dental implant procedure work?
Can dental implants be done in one day?
It is technically possible to perform a dental implant procedure in a single day, but it will not be fully completed. Namely, dental implant treatment consists of two vital components: the surgical component and the restorative component. While the surgical component can be done in a day, the implant needs time to integrate with the jawbone.
As a result, the patient will go home with a provisional prosthesis but it will take 3 months until the implant is healed and ready to get the final prosthesis.
Additionally, dental extraction may need to be performed beforehand, such as in the case of All-on-4 dental implants which replace multiple missing/failing teeth which are beyond repair and impossible to salvage.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
It takes a minimum of 3 months from the initial consultation to the moment of the permanent fixed dental bridge placement. Whether the process will take longer depends on the patient’s ability to recover and heal. When performed by an experienced surgeon, the procedure of implant placement itself takes no more than 3 to 4 hours in the case of All-on-4 dental implants.
What are the stages of a dental implant procedure?
Two dental implants can usually replace 3-4 missing teeth, or, in the case of All-on-4 dental implants, 4 to 6 implants, which fulfill the function of roots, accommodate the entire upper arch, lower arch, or both. All-on-4 dental implants offer patients the stability and structural integrity of natural teeth, but at a lower cost than in the case of individual implants.
Comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s condition and possible outcome is the first step to making a personalized restorative treatment plan. An implant surgeon and a restorative dentist play the key roles in the whole process. An important aspect of the evaluation is that of the patient’s systemic health, and whether they have any chronic medical conditions and a medication regimen.
In order to properly evaluate the underlying bone structure, other important elements of anatomy, the nerve pathways, and surrounding soft tissues, dental professionals use special imaging technology called CBCT, or 3D cone-beam computed tomography.
After completing the site evaluation and implant selection process, it is time for digital planning, performed prior to the actual implant placement procedure. The patient goes through two sets of teeth over the course of implant placement: the provisional and the final set of teeth. The oral surgeon also oversees the patient’s recovery process. All these steps of an implant procedure are referred to as implant sequencing.
The difference between dental implants and inferior dental restoration options is that dental implants last drastically longer and without causing further damage to the patient’s health and wellbeing. Additionally, implants are easy to care for.
Time to visit an all-on-4 dental implant specialist in Murrieta
If you want predictable long-term outcomes and your like-natural look and feel back, dental implants are the safest bet. Additionally, as the most cost-effective form of dental implants, all-on-4 dental implants allow you to enjoy all the benefits of this advanced technology at an affordable price.
If you need more information, do not hesitate to reach out to us and book a free appointment with Dr. Tsvetov who will introduce you to all-on-4 dental implants with professionalism, patience, and expertise.
At our practice, we know fear of the unknown is natural, and we also know that so many patients are afraid of even minimally invasive dental procedures. But we also know that when dental procedures are concerned, we need to make absolutely sure there is no reason to leave patients from Murrieta, Temecula, and other parts of Riverside County in the dark. It is important to walk patients through a flow chart to help them prepare for their upcoming dental implant procedure, and that is exactly what we do, at no cost. Call now!
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