The Dental Implant Process
Choosing dental implants means investing in your beautiful future. Dental implants are a long-term solution to your missing teeth — your smile will shine bright and healthy as a result.
The implant process involves a minor surgical procedure, a healing period of three to five months, and the placement of your attractive new crown. Dr. Eggleston and our professional team will be right there to support you every step of the way. Informing yourself about the process will allow you to take control of your smile.
Just Four Steps to Your Beautiful New Smile
1. Your Consultation
Your first meeting with Dr. Eggleston starts your journey to a beautiful new smile. Dr. Eggleston will ask you some questions about your lifestyle and treatment goals. He’ll also provide you with an examination to make sure that you’re an ideal candidate for implants.
Then he’ll go over the process with you. If you and Dr. Eggleston decide to restore your missing teeth with dental implants, we can begin scheduling your treatment calendar right away.
2. Placing the Fixture
Once you’re cleared for treatment, the next time you join us in the office will be to surgically place the implant fixture. This is the section of the implant that holds it in place by acting like the root of a natural tooth. After preparing the surgical site, Dr. Eggleston will attach the fixture directly to your jawbone.
Dr. Eggleston will cover the fixture with a temporary crown called a flipper — this extra protection promotes proper healing, giving you the ability to bite and chew as normal.
3. Recovery & Osseointegration
It’s extremely important to give your mouth all the time it needs to heal. Following implant surgery, Dr. Eggleston encourages you to relax at home as much as possible and follow your instructions for post-operative care.
As your body heals from implant surgery, a process called osseointegration occurs. This allows the fixture to fully integrate with the jawbone, creating a lasting bond.
4. Your Attractive New Smile
After osseointegration is complete and your jawbone is fully attached to the implant, Dr. Eggleston will place your permanent crown.
The crown is connected to the fixture by a middle piece called the abutment — but only your custom-crafted crown will be visible to friends and family. Our crowns are manufactured from beautiful, tooth-colored porcelain to look absolutely natural. Dr. Eggleston even uses a color guide so the implant matches the rest of your smile. Congratulations, you’ve got a smile to treasure for years to come!
In some instances, additional treatment is necessary before implant surgery to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental implants.
For example, sometimes patients don’t have enough bone density to support an implant. In these cases, Dr. Eggleston can remedy the issue with bone grafting. He’ll attach a small piece of bone tissue to the empty socket, encouraging additional bone growth to prepare your mouth for the implant process.
No matter how many teeth you want to replace, Dr. Eggleston has a solution to restore your smile.
Caring for Your New Smile
Your implants will look like your real teeth, and you treat them like real teeth! Brushing twice a day, flossing after meals, and biannual visits to Dr. Eggleston will ensure your restoration lasts for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the dental implant process take?
From consultation to final procedure, the process can take anywhere from three to six months. The time can vary based on factors such as jawbone density, oral health, and the need for supplemental procedures.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
Your comfort is a top priority at Eggleston Dental Care. We specialize in sedation dentistry and anesthetic to make sure your implant surgery will be painless and comfortable. You may experience some swelling and discomfort during the first few days following your procedure. But you’ll be provided with pain medication for your recovery period. Call our office immediately if you’re experiencing persistent pain, and Dr. Eggleston will see to it that you get the relief you need.
Are dental implants expensive?
Am I too old or too young for dental implants?
There is no age requirement for dental implants. Children may even get dental implants, although in most cases your doctor will recommend treatment when facial growth is complete. This is around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. Elderly people, even with dentures, can get implants.
Your Free Consultation With Dr. Eggleston
Our team at Eggleston Dental Care will make sure you get the finest possible dental care. And we do everything we can to make the process affordable. Our staff are experts at making the most out of your dental benefits and finding your best payment options.
At Eggleston Dental Care, we’re here to help. We don’t want anything standing between you and your perfect smile. Call (209) 226-4963 for your free consultation today. We can’t wait to meet you and help you with your smile.