Dr. Chandy and the team at Aegis Dental want you to feel comfortable and confident in your decision to pursue dental implants. As this is the most superior form of tooth replacement surgery available, it’s important that you understand how dental implants work in Carrollton. From the initial consultation to the placement of your dental restoration, each step is important. To help you get a better idea of what you can expect with each phase of treatment, we’ve outlined the various stages for you to review. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office.
During your meeting with Dr. Chandy, your oral and overall health will be discussed, as will your goals and what you hope to achieve with dental implants. She will also perform a thorough examination of your smile to determine if your teeth, jawbone, and soft oral tissues are strong enough to withstand a dental implant. It’s imperative that there is enough bone density; otherwise, you will need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to add bone minerals to the weakened areas of your jaw. Once she has completed a visual exam and reviewed your dental x-rays, you will have impressions taken of your smile, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where technicians will begin to work on your custom dental restoration.
Your dental implant placement will be performed by a local oral surgeon with whom Dr. Chandy trusts. When you arrive, you will receive anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Depending on the number of implants you’ll be receiving, the surgeon will make one or more incisions in your gums to expose the jawbone. Carefully, they will place and position the implant before closing up the surgical area and sending you home to heal.
While at home for the next 3-6 months, the implant will begin to fuse to the jawbone and surrounding tissues in a process known as osseointegration. This must be successful in order for the implant to hold up the custom dental restoration. During this time, you’ll need to abide by some specific instructions provided by your dentist as to how to recover quickly and effectively. Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have your abutments put into place. These small, metal appliances attach to your implants and connect to your restoration when placed.
To complete the dental implant process in Carrollton, you’ll finally receive your custom restoration. Whether it is a dental crown, implant bridge, or implant-retained denture, your prosthetic will be matched to the color, size, and shape of your other teeth, ensuring it not only blends in with the rest of your smile, but it also improves your oral health by stimulating the bone from the root up and feels completely natural.