There are two types of dental implants, each which their own slightly different process. The first is when you are replacing one or several teeth with permanent implants. The second is when you get a full denture. Both of these processes require a number of visits over the span of several months.

Tooth Replacement
If you’re only replacing a tooth or several teeth, this means you will be getting permanent (non-removable) dental implants.

First, X-rays and molds of your teeth are taken so that we know the exact bone structure, gum tissue, and tooth spacing available for your implant. Once the perfect placement has been determined, the actual procedure begins.

Your dentist will numb the designated area, then surgically implant your tooth replacement into the bone. Over the course of six months, the implant will heal and integrate itself. Depending on what type of implant you’ve gotten, you may then need a follow-up surgery to permanently fix the artificial tooth in place. Other implants allow this to be down at the same time and do not require this follow-up surgery.

Full Denture
This process is similar to the tooth replacement process, in which X-rays and molds are taken and the implants are surgically placed into the bone, then allowed to heal for 2-6 months. However, when you’re getting a full denture, we recommend that you avoid wearing it for two weeks during the initial healing process.

Afterward, the denture is then modified and can be worn up until your next appointment. This is when your denture becomes removable, and is made to snap on and off the implants. At this point, the denture is now stable but you still must remove it after your meals to clean.

Another option is to get rid of the dentures altogether! This involves the same process as a full denture, but at the end of the treatment it is permanently fixed onto the implants. Just like your natural teeth, you will simply need to clean around the implants!

Dental implants are a great option for those who require tooth replacement or a full denture due to missing or damaged teeth. They are easy to acquire and easy to take care of with low maintenance. If you get dental implants, you will receive instructions on how to care for them, and you’ll simply need to follow good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants or wish to make an appointment with our office, call us today at (562) 434-6414 and we’ll be happy to help you attain a beautiful new smile!