The first step of dental implants treatment is a consultation at our practice. During your visit, we will review your medical history and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone using digital x-rays.
In order to qualify for implants, you should be free of periodontal disease and be healthy enough to undergo surgery. You must also have sufficient bone tissue in your jaw to support the implant posts. If you do not have enough quality tissue, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift. Keep in mind that this will add four to six months to your treatment timeline. Alternatively, you may be better suited for mini dental implants, which do not require bone augmentation prior to placement.
In most cases, Dr. Caringal can place and restore dental implants at her office. If you require more extensive treatment, we will coordinate with a partner oral surgeon and oversee your treatment.
Before placing implants, our team will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Using a surgical guide, we will then create an incision in your gums to access the underlying tissue and create space for the implant. After we embed the post in your jawbone, we will close the incision with sutures.
Over the next three to six months, the dental implant will fuse with surrounding jawbone tissue. This process, known as osseointegration, is vital to the success of your implants. Once the implants have stabilized, you can return to our office to receive your restoration. We can custom-craft your crown, bridge, or denture out of the most durable, natural-looking material for beautiful results.
Though restorations will need to be replaced, implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
A study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that implants had a 94 percent success rate six years after placement.
With implants, your dentures will never slip out of place or click when you eat.
Implants anchor restorations directly to your jawbone. As a result, they look more natural than traditional prosthetics.