What happens during the dental implant procedure in Willoughby Hills?
Patients who are thinking about having dental implants placed may want to know what happens during the dental implant procedure. Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills understands that many patients have questions about what happens before, during, and after the treatment and may want more information before making a decision regarding restoration of their smiles.
Dental implants are metal posts, which Dr. Michael Stern places into the jawbone and restores on top with a dental crown to act as a false tooth. It is the most desirable way to replace a missing tooth and can last a lifetime with proper care. Although more costly than alternative solutions such as dentures and bridges, they hold their value over time thanks to their longevity.
Before patients undergo treatment, they must first be deemed appropriate candidates for the procedure. This includes checking the dental and medical history, an examination, x-rays, and any other diagnostic tests necessary. Patients can take this time to ask about the procedure and find out if any form of sedation may be necessary for the appointment.
Patients are comfortable during their procedure as the dental implant is placed into the jawbone. It is then restored on top with a temporary crown and several months must be allowed for the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when the bone surrounds the implant and fuses to it. This process happens naturally and ensures the strength and stability of the implant over time. A custom-made dental crown is placed on an abutment over the implant to finalize the process.
There is healing that is required after the procedure and patients can handle any discomfort with over-the-counter medications. Patients can speak with Dr. Michael Stern about post-operative care.
At Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills, we believe everyone is entitled to a beautiful smile. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation visit to learn more about dental implants and other restorative options available at our state-of-the-art dental practice.Back to Dental Implants Home Page