What To Expect During Your First Dental Implant Procedure

If you are about to undergo a dental implant, you may be experiencing some apprehension as to what comes next. Many patients ask if it will hurt, how long the process and recovery take, among many others. Here’s what to expect.

Doctor showing dental implant

1. X-rays

Your dentist will evaluate your teeth for treatment purposes. X-rays, panoramic X-rays, or a 3D CT scan will be used to identify any warning signs.

2. Impressions

Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth, which is a replica of your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. They will then determine the size of plastic or metal impression that they will fill with soft liquid for you to make a mold of your mouth. The mold of your teeth and jaw will then be sent to the lab for processing.

3. Tooth Extraction

The tooth extraction and implant can happen in the same appointment. You will feel a little pressure (after the anesthesia that is) as your dentist wiggles your tooth out.

4. Implant

After the tooth is extracted, your dentist will drill a hole in your jawbone which will feel like a cavity being filled. The implant will then be implanted deep into your jawbone. Your jawbone will eventually fuse with the dental implant (this can take several weeks or months). A crown will be placed and voila!

Dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for those who are suffering from chronic dental problems.

Are you interested in finding out if dental implants are the right option for you? Contact Fairfield Dental Arts today to request a consultation!