The dental implant procedure can take some time, but when you compare it to the amount of time that your dental implants will last (usually decades, and often for the rest of your life), the commitment is worth it. And many people can get dental implants placed, complete with a functional and attractive tooth, on the same day as they have a tooth removed. With dental implants you may never have to have a gap in your smile.

This page is a basic explanation of the dental implant procedure. To find out how your dental implant procedure will go, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine to schedule a consultation with an Orange County implant dentist.

Before Your Dental Implants Procedure

Before we can decide on the proper dental implant procedure for you, we will have to evaluate your oral health. We will also have to consider procedures you may need before getting your dental implants.

First, if you need to have a tooth or teeth extracted, we can plan to perform the extraction and place a dental implant or implants at the same time. For this, you should have good periodontal health and adequate bone at the treatment site.

If you don’t have good periodontal health, we may recommend gum treatment before you get dental implants. Gum disease can jeopardize your dental implants, so it’s best to wait until you have good periodontal health before getting dental implants.

If you don’t have enough bone to support your dental implants, a bone graft is necessary. In some cases, we can place the implant and perform the bone graft at the same time. Other cases may require that the bone graft be performed and allowed to heal before the dental implant is placed.

Dental Implant Placement and Healing

Orange County dental implant procedure IrvineOnce we place the dental implant, we have an important decision to make: can your dental implant support a dental crown or dentures right now? We can make predictions, but this is a decision we can only make after your implant has been placed. If your dental implant is stable enough, we can put a fully functional crown on it the same day it is placed. The crown is still temporary and it will have to be replaced. There are a few cautions about your healing implant, too, but for the most part this crown will look and function like a natural tooth.

If your dental implant isn’t stable enough for a crown, we might place what is called a “healing abutment.” The healing abutment holds a place for your dental crown, and it helps to maintain your gum tissue around the dental implant so it’s still there and in good condition when you do get your dental crown.

Sometimes, we might be concerned about the state of your dental implant and want to protect it. In this case, your dental implant might be concealed underneath your gum tissue. This allows your bone to grow and incorporate the dental implant without interference.

After Healing Is Complete

It typically takes about three to six (3-6) months for your body to integrate the dental implant into the jawbone. Once this is complete, we can place your permanent dental crown, if you received a healing abutment or temporary crown.

If your implant was concealed under the gum tissue, you will now receive a healing abutment to help contour gum tissue. After four to six (4-6) weeks, you can get your permanent crown.

Once the permanent crown is placed, the only thing left is dental implant maintenance.

If you have questions about the dental implant process, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine today for an appointment with an Orange County implant dentist who can explain it in detail and give you a better idea about how the process will go for you.