Dental Implant Process

When it comes to looking into any major dental procedure, it’s important to be educated about what it entails. At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, we pride ourselves in educating our patients and ensuring that they fully understand the procedures we offer. For those interested in dental implants, we have created a general overview of the process for your review. If you’d like a more in-depth discussion of the process, we encourage you to give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler.

The Consultation

The first step is to consult with us and Dr. Altschuler about your interest in dental implants. Dr. Altschuler will perform an examination of your oral health, and start a discussion with you about the various tooth replacement options available to you. Dr. Altschuler will let you know if dental implants are right for you.

However, not all patients will necessarily qualify for dental implants right away. For patients lacking in sufficient bone or gum support, these two tissues are needed to provide ample support for the dental implant. If you fall under this qualification, Dr. Altschuler may recommend a bone graft, bone rejuvenation technique, or gum graft. These procedures must be done prior to implant surgery, or in some cases can be done at the same time as the first phase of the dental implant process.

Three-Phase Surgery

Dental implants are comprised of three main pieces – the titanium screw, abutment, and prosthetic tooth – and so require three different procedures to complete.

Titanium Implant

The titanium implant, also known as the screw, is the first piece that’s embedded into the jawbone. It’s positioned just below the gumline, where the beginnings of osseointegration will take place.

Osseointegration is the fusion of the implant to the bone. When the implant is embedded in the bone, it triggers regeneration and the bone will weave fibers around the implant and accept it as an artificial tooth. Thanks to this process, the strong bond between the implant and the bone creates a solid foundation for the prosthetic tooth and leaves little to no risk of the implant failing.

Abutment

If the titanium implant is a thermos bottle, then the abutment is the lid. Capped over the implant, the abutment seals the implant and has a piece that protrudes above the gumline. This piece can vary in size and will effectively hold the prosthetic tooth in place while camouflaging the rest of the metallic pieces.

Prosthetic Tooth

This final piece for the implant is the crowning – or the application of the porcelain prosthetic tooth. What makes this piece stand out is that we will work with you to customize this piece to your liking. As they are made of porcelain, they can be crafted via staining and shaping to match the color and size of your neighboring teeth. This crown will look so similar that your close friends and family won’t be able to tell the difference.

Post-Operative Care

Some bleeding and swelling is normal directly after the last procedure. Apply pressure to staunch the bleeding and an ice pack to reduce the swelling. If neither symptom subsides within a day, contact us right away at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center.

If Dr. Altschuler has prescribed you pain medication or antibiotics, it’s vital that you follow all of his instructions fully. If you forget or lose the instructions, contact us right away as well.

Get Started with Dental Implants Today

If you’re missing one or more teeth and are driven to get your winning smile back, don’t hesitate to contact us today at our Gainesville, FL location. Our helpful staff are on hand to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Altschuler. Dr. Altschuler will examine your oral health, discuss your treatment options, as well as determine if dental implants are right for you.