There are many options for replacing severally damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots that are integrated into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth. The following includes a simplified guide for a dental implant procedure. Once you’re presented with 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
You may be required to visit the dentist office two or three times, and may have x-rays or CT scans done to show your dentist the exact dimensions and density of the bone where your implant is going to be placed. During this time, the way your top and bottom teeth/jaws meet will also be accessed to allow the dental technician to replicate the way your jaw moves in the dental lab when they are finishing your permanent crown.
Once the implant is placed, you will leave the office and wait for the dental implant to properly heal. During the healing, your gum will heal over the implant and the dental implant itself will integrate into the jawbone, making this phase very important, taking anywhere from 3 to 6 months but will leave you with a lasting smile for years to come.
For more information about dental implants, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serves patients from Walnut Creek, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Alamo, Orinda and all surrounding areas.