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Update: March 28, 2024 | Author: Dr. Ronald Pham | Publish: February 14, 2024

What Are the 3 Stages of Dental Implants

Implants are a ray of hope for those struggling with tooth loss. It provides an effective, long-term solution for functional bites and a radiant smile.

The dental implant journey can seem complicated and intimidating. However, knowing the specifics of each step in the process can help reduce your anxiety. It can also indicate the life-changing benefits that await those who choose this path.

In this article, Restoration Dental OC invites you to participate. We will look in detail at each stage of the dental implant journey.

Stage 1: Implant Placement

The Foundation of Your New Tooth. This stage involves putting a small titanium post, the implant, into your jawbone.

Surgeons perform this through surgery. This post mimics the root of your missing tooth.

implants placement

What to Expect

You’ll get local anesthesia to numb the area. It will ensure you feel no pain. You may feel some pressure as the dentist prepares the site in your jawbone and places the implant. The procedure itself takes an hour or two for a single implant.

Bone Grafting

A Possible Step. Sometimes, the jawbone isn’t dense enough. Before placing the implant, the patient may need a bone graft.

This involves adding bone material to make it stronger. This provides a stable base for your implant.

Healing Begins

Begin the healing process by having the implant placed and then stitching up your gum tissue. The first phase of healing usually takes a few months.

During this time, the implant fuses with the bone. The name of this process is osseointegration. It makes a solid anchor for your new tooth.

Stage 2: Connecting the Pieces – Abutment Placement

With your implant now rooted in your jawbone, it’s time for the abutment. This small connector piece is like the final link. It bridges the gap between your implant and the visible part of your new tooth (the crown).

Image Implant placement stage in dental implants

The Abutment’s Role: The abutment is the sturdy foundation. They will build your new tooth there. It secures the crown in place, providing crucial support.

The Procedure: Your dentist will perform a minor procedure. It will reopen your gum, showing the top of the implant. They’ll then attach the abutment.

Healing Time: After this procedure, allow your gums a couple of weeks to heal around the abutment. This recovery period is shorter than the initial implant placement.

Stage 3: Perfecting the smile – Porcelain tooth restoration

This is the exciting final stage as your new tooth takes shape! Your dentist will design a custom crown. This tooth will match the shape, size, and color of the surrounding natural teeth.

Porcelain tooth restoration

Creating a Precise Fit: The dentist will take an impression of your tooth and use it as a template to make the crown. These dental crowns are often made from sturdy, natural-looking materials such as porcelain or ceramic…

Final Fitting: Once your crown is ready, you will return to placing it. Your dentist will attach it to the abutment. They will examine your bite. They will make any small adjustments to create a comfortable and natural feel.

What to expect: You may feel sensitive to your new teeth. Yet, this temporary feeling will subside as soon as your implant integrates. You can now eat, talk, and smile with a new confidence.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

Dental implants can last decades with proper care both at home and in our dental office:

For oral hygiene, brush twice a day. Floss between all teeth daily. Use antiseptic mouthwash to stop bacteria buildup. Be gentle around healing implant sites.

Get professional cleanings. Do this every 6 months to keep implants gunk-free. The hygienist can also check for signs of infection or loosening.

Get routine exams. See your dentist twice a year for x-rays and implant checkups. They will look for cracked ceramic teeth or inflamed gums. Monitoring ensures a longer-lasting restoration.

Potential Implant Complications

Dental implants have a high success rate. But, it’s important to know that major issues are rare. There is a small risk, usually under 10%, that they can fail or have problems.

These risks increase if you smoke, have uncontrolled diabetes, or don’t care for implants well. Some potential problems include:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Implant failure
  • Peri-implantitis (an infection around the implant)

Carefully follow your dentist’s advice before and after the procedure. This will minimize complications. Contact our office right away if you have pain, swelling, or other strange symptoms.

Dental implants have three stages: Evaluation and Planning, Implant Placement, and Restoration. The process requires patience and daily oral care.

The journey may last 9-12 months or longer in complex cases, but the reward is a permanent, beautiful smile.

We carry out each stage carefully to ensure the success and longevity of your implant. If you’re considering dental implants, contact our office for a consultation. It will start the path to better comfort, function, and confidence in your smile.”

Let me know if you’d like any other parts of the passage reviewed!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Stage 2 of a Dental Implant?

Stage 2 of a dental implant is the placement of the implant itself. During this stage, the dentist surgically inserts the titanium implant into the jawbone.

After the implant is placed, there is a period of healing and osseointegration. The implant fuses with the jawbone to provide a stable base for the replacement tooth. This stage is crucial for the stability and success of the dental implant.

How Long Do You Go Without Teeth When Getting Implants?

The duration without teeth during the dental implant process varies. In some cases, a temporary tooth or denture can be placed right after implant surgery. In other cases, bone grafting may be needed.

This is true for full arch replacements, like All-on-4. You might go without permanent teeth for a few months. This is while the implants join with the jawbone. The exact timeline depends on the individual case and the healing process.

How Much Time Does a Tooth Implant Take?

The entire process of getting a tooth implant can take anywhere from several months to over a year. This includes the first consultation. It also covers preparatory procedures, like extractions or bone grafts. Then comes the surgery to place the implant.

After that is the healing period for osseointegration, which usually lasts 3-6 months. Finally, the abutment and crown are placed. The timeline varies. It depends on the speed of healing and the complexity of the needed dental work.

What is the Best Age to Get Dental Implants?

There is no single “best” age for getting dental implants. But, dentists usually recommend them for adults whose jaws have stopped growing.

This usually means patients over the age of 18. Dental implants are popular with older adults.

They are a more stable and comfy alternative to dentures. The main factors in deciding if dental implants are suitable are health, jawbone density, and oral hygiene. Age alone is not the key factor.

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Dr. Ronald Pham

Dr. Ronald Pham, DDS, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery who graduated from the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2015. With over 8 years of experience in general dentistry, he specializes in Dental restoration, Root canal treatment, and Dental implants…

Dr. Pham has restored the smiles of +2,000 patients and is committed to providing professional dental care focused on patient comfort. He achieves this by combining a welcoming space and state-of-the-art dental technology.

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