Dental implants in Wheaton are the most predictable and reliable option to treat one or more missing teeth. Unlike other prosthetics, dental implants are the only treatment to replace the entire structure of a tooth. Not only does this allow them to closely mimic your natural teeth, but it also gives you a solution that can last for a lifetime. Their long-term success relies on a multi-phased treatment process. Although it may take longer to complete your smile than when choosing a traditional option, it is time well spent. Dr. Kathy Lam thoroughly explains the treatment process and what you can expect on your journey to a complete smile during your consultation.
Your first step to rebuilding your smile is to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Wheaton, Dr. Lam. Besides performing a visual examination, digital x-rays and a CT scan are needed to assess your oral health and structures. This allows Dr. Lam to see below the surface to ensure there are not any issues that can compromise the long-term success of your new smile, like an infection.
Depending on the results of the examination, Dr. Lam may recommend you have additional treatments before having your implant placement surgery, such as bone grafting, a sinus lift, or tooth extractions.
After the foundation is created for your new smile, the CT scan is used along with computer-guided technology to pinpoint the ideal location for the posts. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to give access to your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it for each post to be inserted. Your gum tissue is sutured closed, and you will spend the next several weeks healing.
The implant posts serve as new tooth roots, which stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. This allows your jawbone to fuse to the posts over the next several weeks. This process is called osteointegration, and it is vital to the long-term success of your new smile.
After your jawbone has healed, there will be a stable foundation to attach your restorations. Before your restorations are attached, you need a second minor surgery to place special fixtures on each post. The abutments act as a connector piece between the restorations and the implant posts.
The final step of your journey involves the restorations. Dr. Lam uses advanced technology to take an impression of your mouth. Your restorations are carefully crafted to meet your exact needs using the impression. They are made from high-quality material to ensure the best strength to mimic your natural functions. They are also designed to match the appearance of your teeth for natural-looking results.
If you are ready to complete your smile, take the first step by contacting our office to schedule your consultation. We look forward to rebuilding your smile with dental implants.