A titanium post will be surgically placed into the jawbone. Once it’s implanted, it takes about three to six months to heal before we can implement the final restoration.
Depending on the number of implants you received, Dr. Lanik will then place a crown over the top of a single dental implant, or we can build a denture to go over multiple implants. This type is called a denture-supported implant.
Sometimes, a bone graft may be required if we determine that there is not enough healthy jawbone to adequately hold the dental implant secure. A bone graft helps create a more solid foundation to hold the actual dental implant. If you need a bone graft, it may take several months for the bone to fuse to your jawbone before we can place the implant. Yes, bone grafting will prolong the dental implant process, but it ensures that your implant is seated properly and securely.
Dental implants can improve your mouth, smile and life in many ways.
Yes. X-rays always need to be taken for dental implants. This is because we have to see the condition of your jawbone and the surrounding teeth before putting in dental implants. It’s always a good idea to get an accurate picture of your oral health. An X-ray is just one part of the evaluation and consultation process to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant.
Dental implants are actually very easy to care for! Just treat them and care for them as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and be sure to visit Dr. Lanik and Peak Dental Arts every six months for your dental exam and cleanings. With regular care, your dental implants can last a lifetime!