Dental implants are a convenient way for those with missing teeth to achieve a healthy and stable smile. Implant placement is just one part of the treatment process, crucial to ensure your teeth have the proper look, feel and function.
When thinking of receiving dental implants, there are several steps you’ll need to undergo before you achieve a completely restored bite. Here’s what you can expect if you’re considering dental implants:
Removing the Affected Teeth
While dental professionals always attempt to save your original tooth before removing it, if it’s decayed beyond restoration, extraction is the safest option to restore health and function. There are two types of extractions: a simple and a surgical extraction. The simple extraction involves loosening the tooth with an elevator and using forceps to remove it. A surgical extraction is necessary if the tooth is impacted or otherwise difficult for the forceps to grip, requiring an incision in the gum line to allow the surgeon accessibility.
Dr. Byun performs either of these extractions for his patients at his office, with no need to complicate our patients’ schedules by referring the work elsewhere.
Placing Your Implant and Affixing Your Restoration
When jaw tissue is healthy enough to support the titanium implant post, the procedure can take place on the same visit as the extraction. Those without enough tissue to support the implant can undergo bone grafting to build volume but will need to allow the area to heal prior to placement. Once the implant is placed, it takes roughly four months for the post to securely anchor to the jaw.
Whether your treatment process is delayed for proper healing, or you were healthy enough for each step to be performed without postponement, you can rest assured that your care remains consistent. Ensuring that your restoration meets your aesthetic goals and is attached securely enough for long-lasting function often requires collaboration between your dentist and a skilled team of laboratory technicians.
Contact Us in Manhattan Today
At Dental Ambitions, we look to minimize the anxiety patients experience when they need dental implants. Dr. Byun’s believes our patients benefit from his ability to perform all steps involved in dental implant treatment on the Upper East Side and throughout surrounding Manhattan communities. If you are interested in the benefits of having all the procedures performed in the same location, call our office today and set up an initial consultation.