Dentist - Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, PS

The Stages of the Dental Implant Process

When a tooth is lost it can leave you feeling self-conscious, but it can also affect more than just your pride. A lost tooth can affect your ability to chew and over time, it can lead to changes in your mouth. When a gap exists in the mouth, other teeth move and shift to fill the space. This can lead to a whole host of problems including misalignment, crowding and jaw bone loss, among others. The most important thing is having the tooth replaced as soon as possible to avoid any shifting or complications with the jaw bone.

 

The more time that passes without replacing a lost tooth the more the jaw bone deteriorates. If left for too long, the jaw bone may not be healthy enough to receive and support an implant on its own without bone grafting. That’s why you should replace a lost tooth immediately or even in the same procedure as the extraction if one is necessary.

Dr. Norman says replacing a lost tooth with an implant is a lot like launching a rocket; there are a few simple stages.

Stage One...

begins with getting the infected or broken tooth out if it’s still in the mouth. If the bone is healthy the implant can go right in. If the tooth was lost in the past, preparing the mouth for the implant and placing it is the first stage.

Then, regardless of whether a tooth was pulled or not, the implant needs to time to heal before stage two begins. Healing time is different for everyone.

Stage Two...

involves uncovering the implant root and attaching the connector. The connector is where the crown will adhere to the implant.

Stage Three....

Is simply placing the crown on the implant to complete the process.

That’s it! Three simple stages and you could be on your way to a healthier and happier mouth. If you are interested in learning more about the implant process or you simply want to schedule an appointment, call out office at 425-212-1975.

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