At Design Dental in North Liberty, IA, Dr. S. Jeremy Tu offers many types of dental implants for patients suffering from tooth loss or damaged teeth. The process to get a dental implant restoration takes many months, visits to the dentist and patience. While it is more invasive process and time consuming, it is the closest available option that mimics natural teeth.
The dental implant process will require many appointments and healing time. You should plan on devoting about six months to completing it. This time frame could be longer or shorter based on your unique needs. If you need any preparation treatments completed, the entire process will take longer. This includes gum disease treatment, having dental fillings done, extractions or addressing insufficient bone tissue. These procedures may require extra healing before moving on to the implant process.
The Dental Implant Process
Consultation and Evaluation
The first step in the process is to determine if you qualify for teeth implants. Dr. Tu will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and will need to discuss your medical history to determine if you are a candidate. To qualify, you must be in good overall health and have enough bone tissue to support the implants. A treatment plan will be created based on your unique needs.
Placing the Implants
The implants will be inserted into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure. Dr. Tu works with local oral surgeons in the North Liberty, IL area during this phase. The surgeon will implant the metal posts into their predetermined position along your jaw. It will take about an hour to place a single implant and up to several hours for multiple implants.
A critical step in the implant process involves letting them heal and integrate with the bone during a process called osseointegration. This will take anywhere from three to six months. In some cases, a temporary dental restoration can be placed on the implants for aesthetics. Once the implants are fully fused with the bone, they will then be sturdy enough to support a dental restoration.
Placing the Abutment
Once the implants are fully integrated, a small pieced called an abutment will be connected to the implants. The implants will need to be uncovered during a minor procedure. Your gums will be left to heal for a few additional weeks.
Dr. Tu will take impressions of your teeth to be used to fabricate your permanent dental restoration. They will be custom made to fit perfectly and look completely natural. During your final appointment at our North Liberty, IA dentist office, Dr. Tu will attach your replacement teeth. This will be a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.
To learn more about how long the dental implant will take, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tu at his North Liberty, IA dentist office where he can create a treatment plan based on your needs. His professional dental staff will review the entire dental implant process with you as well as answer any questions you may have. Call (319) 284-4361 or request an appointment online to get started today.