What You Need to Know About a Dental Implant Procedure

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
May 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out what to expect when you come into our Bolingbrook dental office for dental implants.

Dental Implants

When it comes to getting dental implants at Hidden Lakes Dental Care, it can seem like a rather complicated process. That’s why we are here to demystify it for you. After you’ve gone through your consultation and we’ve deemed you a good candidate for treatment, you can expect to go through three major milestone visits to get your new smile.

First Visit

The first visit will entail opening up the gums and drilling a small hole into the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort. Then your Bolingbrook dentist will place the dental implant, which looks like a metal screw, into the drilled hole. Then they will stitch up the gums and give your mouth several weeks to heal.

During these several weeks of healing, the bone and tissue will begin to grow around your implant, where it will permanently stay.

Second Visit

During your second visit we will open up the gums to uncover the implant and then place an abutment over the top of it. The abutment serves to connect the artificial tooth to the implant. This will only take a couple more weeks of healing once the abutment is attached.

Third Visit

The last visit will be less invasive than the other two and will only require us to place a custom-made dental crown over the top of the abutment to complete your treatment. A dental crown can be treated just like a regular tooth when it comes to caring for it.

While these are the three main visits you can expect when you get dental implants also be prepared to see your Bolingbrook dentist a few more times to check on the health of your implants and to make sure everything is healing properly and that your oral health is up to par. After all, your dental implants will only last you a lifetime if you properly care for them.

If you are interested in finding out about dental implants in Bolingbrook then it’s time to schedule an initial consultation at Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC. Call us today and get on track toward a healthier smile.