Many patients are curious about what is involved before, during, and after the dental implant treatment process. We will explain what a standard procedure entails. Every patient’s procedure is unique because of varying circumstances, but the majority of patients will experience what follows.
Once your dental implant consultation with Phoenix Periodontist Dr. Ariel Trujillo is complete, and it’s been determined you’re a suitable candidate, we will schedule a time for your surgery.
Most procedures for a dental implant will take under an hour. For multiple dental implants it may take some additional time. The dental work required to complete your treatment is complex, but you can be at ease because you are working with a Periodontist.
Periodontists, like Dr. Trujillo, have more experience and knowledge than a general dentist about your gums which can ensure greater success. Our entire team will do all that we can to ensure you feel comfortable and safe during the entire procedure. Depending on the complexity of your surgery, you may not even require anesthesia.
The Dental Implant Treatment Process Typically Includes These Steps:
- Dr. Trujillo will prescribe medications such as antibiotics and/or pain relievers to begin taking prior to the surgery.
- For most treatments, a local anesthetic, Novocain, is used to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed. Of course, at your request oral or intravenous sedation can be used for your comfort level. If sedated, a local anesthetic is still administered to numb the areas where the dental implant(s) is placed.
- Once you are fully sedated Dr. Trujillo will create a small opening in your gum tissue, revealing the bone where the implant will be placed.
- A socket is created using special instruments.
- A titanium implant is then inserted into the socket.
- Once inserted, sutures close the placement site to heal properly.
After the procedure, Dr. Trujillo and our team provide you with the proper information to allow your dental implant to heal. A standard dental implant will need two to four months to heal. During this time your bone will fuse around the dental implant so it becomes the new artificial root for your new tooth.
The exact amount of time it takes for your dental implant to heal is determined by a variety of factors. Follow-up care ensures that you are healing well and to determine when you are ready for the restorative phase of your treatment.
Permanent Teeth Restoration Phase
Dr. Trujillo will make an impression of your teeth to create an exact replica of your mouth and where your new implants will be. This is to make “bite” records so Dr. Trujillo can see the relationship between your upper and lower teeth. With this information, Dr. Trujillo inserts the abutments (support posts) that connect your dental implant with your new crown.
The number of appointments you will need and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for every patient. No two dental implant cases are exactly the same. No matter how many teeth need to be replaced, the work performed by Dr. Trujillo is done with great precision and attention to detail.
A New Smile & A New You!
Once your full dental implant procedure is complete, you are ready to rediscover the simple pleasures of life. You no longer need to feel embarrassed to show your smile and you can eat foods that were once forbidden.
Your new dental implant(s) will create not only a new smile but a brand new you! We know you are ready to make the change that you deserve. Get a new lease on life and schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo today!