Over the many years our practice has been serving the Fremont, CA area, we have placed hundreds of dental implants for patients looking to replace their missing teeth. Here at Starbrite Dental, we believe that the only way a patient can properly decide which procedure to use for their treatment is to be well informed in all their options. In particular, Drs. Munira Lokhandwala, Saman Sajid, and Priya Beedu believe that their potential dental implant patients should know everything there is to know about the implant process and what they should expect from each step of it. We encourage you to read on to learn more about the procedure and how it works to leave you with a complete smile.
An Overview of the Dental Implant Process
It is true that missing teeth can cause all sorts of different problems for your smile and even your oral health. Fortunately, the dental implant process makes it easy to replace your missing teeth with quality replacements that work and feel just like your natural teeth. The implant process can be broken down into four steps, which include:
Every journey to a new, restored smile begins with a consultation here at our Fremont, CA office. During your consultation, Dr. Lokhandwala will perform a thorough examination of your oral health in order to determine whether or not dental implants are the best treatment option for your needs. This consultation will also be used to determine whether or not you will need a supplemental procedure before you will be able to move forward with the dental implant procedure.
The Implant Procedure
The next step of the process is the implant procedure, which is the point where the implant fixture will be placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth. Once the fixture is in place, the area will be stitched up so that it can heal. At this point, we may attach an abutment and temporary replacement crown to your implant fixture. However, it is not unusual to wait until after the recovery period before having any additional pieces attached to your implant fixture.
The Recovery Period
Once the implant fixture has been placed, your jaw will need at least a few months to recover. The reason for this is because it is during this recovery period that osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration works to see your implant fixture integrated into your oral anatomy, convincing your body that your implant is no different from any natural tooth. This process is only possible because titanium, the metal used to make the implant fixture, is not recognized by the body as unnatural.
Once osseointegration has completed, you will return to our practice in order to have your replacement tooth attached to the implant fixture. At this point, the abutment will also be attached if it wasn’t already placed directly after the implant procedure. What sets our replacement teeth apart from others is the fact that we custom-make them for each patient based on scans we take of their remaining natural teeth. Thanks to this extra step, we are able to provide beautiful replacement teeth that blend in perfectly with the patient’s natural teeth. In fact, once the replacement tooth is placed, no one will even be able to tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
Will the Implant’s Placement Hurt?
It is true that the dental implant procedure is not completely painless. However, before you begin your surgery, an anesthetic will be administered, ensuring that you feel nothing during the actual procedure. While you recover, your mouth will feel sore for awhile. However, our patients have reported that they felt no more discomfort than what they would feel from having a tooth extracted.
Begin Your Dental Implant Process Today
Are you currently suffering from one or more missing teeth or are at risk for losing teeth? If so, dental implants may be the best possible solution to your needs. However, we won’t be able to tell until you attend a no-obligation dental implant consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala, Dr. Saman Sajid, or Dr. Priya Beedu. If you would like to schedule your own consultation, we encourage you to contact our practice today. We look forward to beginning this journey with you soon!