Most dentists consider dental implants the “gold standard” of tooth replacement options. Dental implants are durable, beautiful, and the best way to replace a tooth from roots to crown.
Like all good things, dental implants take time. Because a dental implant should last you forever, the process of placing one doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re considering dental implants in Clinton Township, you should prepare for a journey that lasts an average of three to six months.
Preparing for a Dental Implant
Unless you have significant facial bone loss and require a dental bone graft, you won’t have to do anything special to prepare for your dental implant. Dr. Aiello will take the necessary x-rays and obtain the measurements and information our dental office needs. Then, we’ll be ready to place the first portion of your implant, which is the titanium post.
The titanium post is the most crucial part of your dental implant, as it takes the place of your tooth roots and adds strength to your jaw. Because our Clinton Township dentist permanently places this post directly into your jaw bone, the area needs time to fuse with your existing bone and to heal after surgery. Most patients wait anywhere from two or three months to six months for this “osseointegration” process to complete.
Once your implant post fuses with your natural bone, we can then finish placing your dental implant and attach the abutment piece and artificial tooth crown to the top!