What is the Process for Getting Dental Implants?

Dental Implants Dentist Grand Rapids MI

Dr. Richard Elias III is a reputable dental implant dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. As such, he’d be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options. Whether you’re interested in getting one tooth implant or several dental implants, it’s important that you know what to expect during every step of the process. That way, you can make an informed decision for your smile.

Here’s what you need to know about the dental implant procedure.

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First, we’ll need to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. To be a candidate, you’ll need to have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support the implants. However, don’t be too discouraged if you don’t have enough bone density. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a bone graft which would give your implants the support they need.

In addition to healthy jawbone tissue, you’ll need a strong immune system before undergoing dental implant surgery. In general, smokers are not candidates for dental implants. This is because smoking inhibits the body’s natural healing ability after surgery.

During your consultation, our dentist will help you explore your tooth replacement options. For example, Dr. Elias may recommend dentures if you’re not a candidate for dental implants.

It’s important to remember that each patient is different. You won’t know what course of treatment is right for you until you meet with our dentist.

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Place the Dental Implant in the Jawbone

It’s not uncommon for patients to feel a little apprehension toward the idea of oral surgery. We completely understand and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implant treatment.

Please know that we will do everything to ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and pain-free during the procedure. We’ll also talk with you beforehand so you know exactly what to expect.

For your dental implant surgery, the dentist will make a small incision in your gums. Then, they’ll embed the dental implant in your jaw.

Recover from Dental Implant Surgery

Over the next several months, the implant will fuse to your jawbone. During this time, you’ll see our dentist periodically to ensure the implant is fusing properly. Once the implant is completely fused and stable, we’ll place the abutment and crown over top.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home

After the dental implant procedure, it’s just as important as ever to continue practicing good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. Doing this will help remove plaque from your teeth and gums so you can maintain good oral health.

In general, your dental implants will last longer when you take good care of your smile.

Contact Our Office to Get Started

Our dental implant dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, is accepting new patients. To schedule a dental implant consultation, please call (616) 458-2048. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

We are delighted to welcome you to our practice!

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