Dr. David Goris is a talented dentist that offers full services for dental implants. This means every step of the process will be completed at his dentist office located in Greenwood, IN. When considering implants, we want our patients to be fully aware of what the process entails, from start to completion.
Dental implants are highly successful thanks to modern dental technology. This intricate process will involve several office visits, at least one surgical procedure, and months of healing time. We will provide you with a temporary restoration if you need one so you will never be without teeth during the time.
How long does the entire dental implant procedure take?
If you are in good oral health and do not need a bone graft, then the entire implant process should take about six months. However, that is predicting that everything works out perfectly. There are, in fact, many factors that will determine how long yours will take. It is not uncommon for people to be completing their implant journey a year later. To better understand, let’s review the dental implant process.
The Dental Implant Process
The very first step in the process is for Dr. Goris to review your medical history and examine your mouth to see if you qualify for dental implants. A treatment plan will be created based on your needs and personal goals.
Preparing you for the implant procedure is the most important step. It is imperative that you are in good overall and oral health before having the implants placed. Our goal is to make sure there is a healthy environment for the implants to properly heal in and be successful. You may need to have a bone graft if you do not have enough bone to support the implants. If you suffer from gum disease, we will provide you with the proper treatment. Teeth that cannot be saved will be extracted as well. Dr. Goris will include these steps in your treatment plan if necessary.
Your dental implants will be placed in your jaw bone during a simple surgical procedure at our Greenwood, IN dentist office. For your comfort, you will be placed under local anesthesia. It should only take a few hours for multiple implants and about an hour for a single implant.
This portion of the process simply involves waiting for the implants to completely fuse with the surrounding bone. This process is known as osseointegration and will take anywhere from three to six months.
Placing the Abutment
When the dental implants are fully connected to the bone, Dr. Goris will uncover the implants during a simple procedure and attach the abutments. An abutment is a small connector piece that attaches the implant to the dental restoration. We will allow your gums to heal for about two weeks following this procedure.
The last step involves placing your final dental restoration. We will take several impressions that will be used to fabricate your new dental restoration. These are custom made in a dental laboratory to blend in perfectly. During your last appointment at our Greenwood, IN dentist office, Dr. Goris will attach your permanent restoration (dental crown, dental bridge, or a denture) and ensure proper fit.