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The Six Required Steps For Dental Implant Installation

If you have decided that you want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, then it is important that you know how the installation process works. While your implants themselves will likely be installed in one day, there is a multi-step process leading up to their final installation.

To help you get a clear understanding of how the process works, here is some information on each of the six steps involved in installing dental implants:

Step 1: The Consultation Appointment

If you are thinking about having dental implants installed but are not sure if they are right for you, then you can schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist. At the consultation appointment, your dentist will take some x-rays and examine your teeth. Additionally, your dentist will discuss the costs of dental implants and let you know about any other alternatives that are appropriate for your unique situation.

Step 2: Surgical Implantation of the Titanium Post

Once you have decided to have implants installed, then the first step of the process is having the titanium post installed into the bone of your jaw. While this sounds like a frightful thing to do, the process isn't nearly as bad as it sounds and most patients report much less pain than they expected.

Step 3: Impressions of Your Upper and Lower Teeth

After the titanium posts are installed for your new dental implants, then impressions are made of your upper and lower teeth. The impressions are made using a thick rubberized material that is placed into your mouth while it is still gooey. As the impression material hardens, it makes a reverse mold of your teeth. 

Step 4: A Model for Your New Dental Implants

From the impressions your dentist took of your teeth, a dental lab can then make a model for your new dental implant's crowns. When the crowns are finished, they are sent to your dentist's office for installation.

Step 5: Installation of the Dental Implant's Crown

Once your dental implant's crowns have been received by your dentist's office, then they will schedule an appointment for you to come in and have them installed.

Step 6: A Follow-Up Appointment 

Finally, the last step in the dental implant installation process is having a follow-up appointment with your dentist. At this appointment, you can ask your dentist any questions you have about maintaining your dental implants and your dentist can examine the implants to make sure they have correctly healed.

For more information, contact a local professional like Aaron G Birch, DDS PC.