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What Is the Dental Implant Process?

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Dental implants are one of the most popular choices to replace missing teeth in our Aurora, IL dental office because of the health and cosmetic benefits they provide for a long-term solution to missing teeth.

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth. 

The Dental Implant Process in Steps

Planning dental implants is a large part of the process and requires an experienced dentist who has the surgical skills and restorative capabilities to receive ideal results.

Step #1 Evaluation of oral health – We need to rule out periodontal disease or bone loss prior to beginning any surgical treatment. If gum disease exists, we will treat the underlying condition first, so that you can have the very best results and longevity.

Step #2 Surgical placement of implants – Placing dental implants is about an hour-long procedure that is only mildly invasive and results in little downtime. Recovery usually has mild bruising and some inflammation, but can typically be managed with an anti-inflammatory medication that works for you.

Step #3 Dental implant integration – It takes about 3-4 months for the dental implant post to fuse with the jawbone, and may take longer for people who smoke. The integration process is an essential part of the implant process because it creates a stable foundation to support the load of chewing.

Step #4 Dental Implant Restoration – Your dental implant crown completes your smile and gives you the ability to speak and chew just like your natural tooth. You can eat any foods and take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. Common sense caution was all that is required – don’t chew ice or bite into hard candy.

For quality dental implants in Aurora, IL, Prairie Dental Care to book an appointment with our dentists, who are gentle and caring for our patients.