The Steps to Dental implants


  1. So, you’ve made the decision to get implants. Congrats! You might wonder just what in the world you’re going to have to do, and what your Eugene dentist will probably do with this. You can talk to them, but this article will tell you about the various steps that you’ll need to go into in order to get an implant installed in your teeth, and how it’s all done.
  2. The first thing that you get is a CT scan of your mouth, along with a bunch of various x-rays. These will tell you of the bone and gum condition, along with identifying any potential caveats, along with any sort of grafting that must be done.
  3. Now, they’ll then make an impression of your mouth in order to get a good sort of replica of the area that they’ll be working with, including the gums and the teeth. It’ll then determine the right type of impression tray, and then, you’ll bite down on the material in the impression tray. It’ll set after a minute and it’ll become a rubber mass. It’ll then be sent to the lab for processing. However, in some cases, this can be unpleasant since this might taste bad or feel bad, and some might have a gag reflex or experience panic if they can’t open or swallow. If you’re like this, talk to the dentist for they can help accommodate you so that this doesn’t make the situation any harder for you than it should be.
  4. If you needed to, try to distract yourself as well. You might hear your dentist talk to you as well, which is silly, but it does help in some cases.
  5. Now, if the tooth still exists, it’ll be extracted with some anesthesia, typically a liquid injection of it, allowing for a pain-free procedure. It doesn’t take long, but if it’s fragmented, it might take a bit longer. you’ll essentially feel pressure and tugging. After that, you’ll spend a few days recovering, hoping that you don’t get a dry socket since that’ll cause more pain.
  6. Once it’s done, the dentist will drill a hole in your jawbone, and you might even have an incision made in the gum area to expose the bone, which will then require sutures. The implant will be put into the jawbone, which makes it an artificial root for the tooth area.
  7. In some cases, this is where the jaw graft might need to be made, which in that case, it might take longer. However it often just takes a couple of hours, and you’ll be able to go home. However, your diet might be limited.
  8. Then here is the abutment. This is done when the jawbone heals, and it’ll be fused. This can take a long time, from several weeks to a few months. Once it’s stable enough, the abutment is placed on top, which connects it to the crown. It’s tightened by a torque wrench, so you might just feel a bit of pressure. In some cases, the abutment can be put in during the implant stages, but often, this can be done later, since the gum line will be visible, and then a healing cap is put on top to help with osseointegration.
  9. Then finally, there is the crown. This is just like a normal crown, and it’s put on top, and then you’re done. Typically with every single step, you won’t feel pain. They’ll drug you up, and you might feel vibration. However, when the anesthesia wears off, you’ll feel like something has happened but it’s often more so discomfort than anything. Typically, you can go about doing the daily routines without any problems. Often, most of this is painless, but it’s the fear that you cultivate that make it worse. Just remember that.
  10. Now, if you feel like you have a need for an implant, then you should definitely consult your Eugene dentist to find out if they do it, and if they don’t, how to get a reliable one that you can trust. Get one that will tell you how it’s done, so that you can have the most pleasant experience that you can during this sort of process.
  11. Step by step dental implant surgery. Gary R. O'Brien, D.D.S.