A Simplified Guide for a Dental Implant Procedure

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If you’ve been told that you need to have your teeth removed or already have missing teeth, it may be time to consider what type of dental procedure you want to have to replace those damaged or missing teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options for replacing severally damaged or missing teeth, one of the many being dental implants. Dental implants are artificial roots that are integrated into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth.

Dental implants are a very ideal and effective dental treatment, while also being considerably more predictable compared to the alternative treatments. The following includes a simplified guide for a dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant Consultation

If you’ve made the choice to replace some missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll need to discuss your individual case with a dental implant specialist. Once you’ve both agreed on the best option, you will be provided with the following information:

  • The cost of the dental implant procedure
  • What is included and excluded with those costs
  • The potential risks and benefits of dental implants
  • If dental sedation is offered and if so, the cost
  • How many appointments will be required
  • What type of care the dental practice will offer
  • What level of commitment is required from you

By this point, you should have all of the information you need to make an informed choice about whether you want to move forward with the treatment or not.

The Implant Planning Stage

This is the stage where you may be required to visit the dentist office two or three times, and also may have x-rays or CT scans done. This is to show your dentist the exact dimensions and density of the bone where your implant is going to be placed, and the surgeon that will place the dental implant precisely.

During this time, the way your top and bottom teeth/jaws meet will also be accessed. This is done to allow the dental technician to replicate the way your jaw moves in the dental lab when they are finishing your permanent crown.

Throughout this phase, your implantologist and dental technician will being working very closely together to plan and decide where the final restoration will be placed.

Dental Implant Placement and Healing

Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques, dental implants procedures can be made comfortable and almost pain-free. If you have high anxiety about the procedure, think about asking your dentist for sedation. This will help ease your anxiety and relax you throughout the dental implant procedure.

First, your dentist will drill a hole into your bone which will match the exact diameter of the implant. Then, the dental implant will be placed into the hole and your gums will be stitched over the top. In most cases, your dentist with provide you with some type of temporary tooth replacement.

Once the implant is placed, you will leave the office and wait for the dental implant to properly heal. During the healing phase your gum will heal over the implant and the dental implant itself will integrate into the jawbone, making this phase very important.  The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

The Reconstruction

The reconstruction phase takes place once the integration process has occurred and your implants are secure in your jawbone. During this phase your missing teeth will be replaced with the final crown, which is cemented or screwed onto the dental implant.

The crown is fabricated to look just like your existing teeth, with surface texture, color and shape all customized to seamlessly blend in with your smile.

The Follow Up

Once your crown has been placed, you will then be asked to schedule a follow up appointment to ensure that your dental implant is healing properly and that the implant is everything you imagined it would be.  

As far as ongoing care, you should take care of your dental implant just the way you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each session, floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you would like to replace your severally damaged or missing teeth with dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation. Or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for additional information.

Dental Implant Aftercare Tips | Walnut Creek Dentist


If you’re considering on replacing your missing or damaged teeth with dental implants, you may be wondering how to go about taking care of your dental implants immediately after the surgery. After having your dental implants surgically installed it’s very important to take proper care of the surgical site. Dental implants require a clean environment to properly heal and most of the success of the dental implants relies on how well you take care of it. The following list includes advice on how to keep your dental implant for good.

  • Do Not Disturb- Immediately after getting your dental implant installed, you should leave the surgical site alone and avoiding bothering it as much as possible. Agitating the surgical site can slow down the healing process or could potentially lead to additional problems.
  • Ice it- There’s no need to worry if a part of your face swells over the first few days, it completely normal. To help reduce the swelling you can apply an ice pack to the affected area. Apply the ice pack frequently for the first 24 hours and take 20 minute breaks in between icing.
  • Consume Cautiously- Avoid swishing liquids around your mouth for the first week after the procedure. You should also eat soft food for the first few days and avoid eating or drinking anything hot following the procedure. When you do eat, avoid the implant as much as possible.
  • Keep it Clean- In order for your new dental implant to heal properly you must keep your mouth and the surgical site as clean as possible. It’s recommended that you rinse your mouth out with a warm salt water solution at least 4-5 times a day, preferably after every meal.
  • Exercise- Refrain from any physical activity for the first few days following your dental implant surgery since activity may cause unnecessary bleeding. If any of your regular daily activities do cause bleeding reduce the level of activity.

Once your dental implant has properly healed you must take care of it by brushing and flossing it like you would your very own natural teeth. Your dental implant will act and feel just like your natural tooth would. Make sure to take care proper care of your dental implant and it could last you a lifetime.

If you’re interested in learning more about the dental implant procedure, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontists in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for more information regarding restorative dentistry.