Receiving dental implants usually breaks down into several distinct steps over a period of several months. Depending on a variety of factors, including patient health and the strength of the jawbone, more or fewer operations may be required.
Step 1: Consultation
Contact us online or call (816) 842-8585 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Goodman. The dentist will examine your smile to determine if dental implants are right for you. He may take photos or digital scans using a cone beam scanner to create a 3-D model of your bite. If Dr. Goodman determines you are a good candidate for dental implants, he will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for the implant surgery.
Step 2: First Surgery
When you come in for your first surgery, the oral surgeon can provide sedation to help you relax. Using an advanced digital scan of your bite for precision, the surgeon will make incisions in your gums through which to place the titanium implants. After the surgeon places the implants, they will stitch the incision shut.
Step 3: First Healing Period
The first healing period takes somewhere between three and six months. During this time, the process of osseointegration takes place, meaning that the implants are fusing with your jawbone. We can provide a temporary restoration during this time.
Step 4: Abutment Placement
After the first healing period, the oral surgeon attaches an abutment to the implant, which will serve as a connection between the artificial tooth root and your restoration. Again, sedation is available if you desire.
Step 5: Second Healing Period
After the abutment is placed, a healing period of about two weeks is required for the gums to properly heal around the abutment.
Step 6: Restoration Placement
Finally, you are ready to receive your crown, bridge, or denture. The oral surgeon will attach the restoration to the abutment so that it seamlessly blends in with your natural teeth. You will walk out of our dental office with a newly restored smile.