Many patients know what dental implants are, but they don’t fully grasp how the entire dental implant process works.
We’re going to give you a step-by-step guide as to what you can expect during your dental implant procedure. It’s important to note that, unlike some practices who may refer you out to other providers for different steps of the procedure, Dr. Bram completes the entire dental implant procedure himself, under one roof.
This means a more streamlined, hassle-free treatment for you as you don’t have to run around the city visiting several dentists just to finish your procedure!
Step 1 Initial Evaluation with Dr. Bram
Dr. Bram will first evaluate your teeth and bone structure to determine the best treatment plan. Evaluation may include CT scans, 3D imaging, X-rays, photographs, and teeth impressions. Once this information is reviewed, Dr. Bram will determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants and what additional procedures may be required (such as bone grafting).
Using specialized, state-of-the-art software, Dr. Bram will thoroughly explain the implant procedure and will answer any questions or concerns you may have. At Dental Expressions by Dr. Gary Bram, our goal is to be 100% comfortable and confident with your treatment.
Step 2 Putting Together a Treatment Plan
Dr. Bram will use advanced software to plan your dental implant procedure. 3D images of your mouth will be used as part of a meticulously planned treatment protocol; no stone is left unturned.
The precise placement of your implants will be determined, as well as several other factors that must be taken into account prior to the procedure.
Step 3 Implant Surgery Preparation
On the day of surgery, Dr. Bram will use a surgical guide to drill the proper depth and angles for the dental implants. This is a computer-guided procedure, meaning that your dental implant preparation will be incredibly precise.
This computer-guided step shortens treatment time and takes the guesswork out of the implants procedure. The implants will be placed and Dr. Bram will confirm fixation with an Osstell meter.
Another benefit of using this technology is that patients typically experience little or no pain following the procedure.
Step 4 Designing Your New Smile
In most cases, a temporary bridge or crown is placed on top the dental implant after the procedure is complete. At this point, 3-6 months are needed in order to ensure the dental implant fuses with the jawbone correctly; a process known as osseointegration.
Once the implant is fully healed, your new tooth will be placed and you’ll be able to smile, laugh, and chew with confidence once again!
If this seems like a lot don’t worry. We handle everything under one roof!
If you aren’t familiar with the dental implant process, we understand this can be a little confusing. We want you to know that our office is with you every step of the way. From your first consultation until your restoration is complete, we are here to see you and answer any questions you may have.
This is the advantage of working with a highly-skilled, experienced implant dentist like Dr. Bram. It’s a truly unique, valuable way for us to provide better treatment and more satisfying results for our patients.