What Is the Implant Process?
Before receiving implants, you will need to come in for a consultation visit. We will take i-CAT scans, photographs, and perform an oral exam to determine your eligibility for implants. With the information collected during your consultation, we will create models and predetermine the precise location of each implant. The models are then sent to a dental laboratory where a temporary denture is made. The timeframe of the implant process varies from patient to patient as you may even require multiple surgeries if a bone graft or sinus lift is necessary.
On the day of the implant procedure, you will be fully sedated to minimize pain and discomfort. Any remaining teeth will be removed, and a small incision will be made for each implant. Once the implants are placed, the incisions are closed, and in many cases, you will be given your temporary denture.
It will take time for your implants to properly heal and fuse to the bone. Once they have, we will schedule a second surgery to expose the screws and place your abutments. Your bar will also be placed at this time if you have chosen an overdenture. Next, an impression will be taken and used to fabricate your final restoration, and once this is complete, you can be fitted with your new teeth!
- Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures An implant supported denture is more stable than a traditional one. If you choose to receive a full arch bridge, you can treat them the same as your natural teeth, brushing and flossing twice daily. Traditional dentures rest on the gum preventing you from eating certain foods. With fixed dentures, this is not a problem. Fixed overdentures need to be taken out to be cleaned, and you may find that certain foods should be avoided. However, implant supported dentures offer you stability and longevity that is unmatched by traditional dentures.