Dental implants fuse with the jawbone over time to become part of your dentition. Because of this unique design, dental implants stay in place when chewing, laughing, talking, or sneezing. Dental implants are like your natural teeth, only that they’re lab-made.
Your choices for dental implants are unlimited — you can replace one tooth, several teeth, or all teeth in an entire arch or both.
Even though you’ve already decided dental implants are the way to go, you still need a consultation with an implant dentist to determine your eligibility. Potential implant beneficiaries must be in good health and have sufficient jawbone density. However, if you have severe bone loss, you can still benefit from dental implants by using bone grafting to replenish lost bone tissue.
We use innovative technologies to provide patients with the best dental implant experience possible. One of the signature technologies we use to plan your implant procedure is the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This technology provides detailed images of your jawbone, teeth, nerves, blood vessels, and adjacent structures.
CBCT allows us to assess the health of available bone for implant placement and precise evaluation of the implant site for accurate implant surgery. This technology enables us to simulate the implant procedure for a predictable outcome.
Once the crucial implant planning is done, it’s time for some implant action! The dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure done right here in our office. Before the procedure, we ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
We precisely numb your mouth to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Anesthesia makes the dental implant procedure comfortable for most patients, but if you have dental anxiety, you can benefit from sedation dentistry.
Once comfortable, we insert a titanium post at a precise location in the jawbone. We then place a healing cap and suture the surgical site to kick-start healing. We’ll leave the implant for four to six months to allow healing and fusion with the bone through osseointegration.
After fusion and healing, you’ll return to our office for a minor surgery to replace the healing cap with an abutment. This procedure requires two weeks of healing, after which you’ll visit Drs. Olson and Eller to cap your implant with a life-looking crown. After a dental implant procedure, you’ll chew, smile, and speak as if you never lost teeth!