Dental implants from Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.
The process for getting an implant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.
The Dental Implant Timeline
1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).
It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.
The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.
The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,
4. Placing the Final Restoration
The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.
Teeth supported by dental implants from Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from Mansfield and Grand Prairie. We also offer complete cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with us today!
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