What is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan.  The plan addresses  your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Often, additional diagnostic information in the form of a three dimensional scan is necessary for planning the implant process. A surgical guide may be recommended so that the implant is placed in the correct position and orientation for optimum success.

If your tooth is present, it will be extracted and a bone graft placed to preserve the bone at the site.  Three to four months after the extraction and graft procedure, you can begin the implant placement procedure.

Next, the implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone at the site of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw.  The healing process can take from twelve to sixteen weeks.

Once the implant has integrated into the jawbone, you will return to your restorative dentist to make the new tooth or teeth.  Your restorative dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement).  The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. Your dentist will also match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth.  Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.  Your restorative dentist will attach a small connector post, called an abutment, to your implant and a replacement tooth called a crown is then attached to the abutment.

Single Tooth Loss

Single Implant (Posterior- Healing Cap)

Single Implant (Anterior- Healing Cap)

Do you think you might be a candidate for an implant?  We invite you to Contact Us to schedule a consultation and let us explore your options.

 

In regards the Coronavirus (Covid-19):
 
At Asheville Periodontics, the health of our community is our top priority.  For the greater good of the community and the safety of our patients and staff, we will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 19.  Stay tuned here, and on our website for more updates as the situation progresses.
To lessen the load on hospital emergency rooms, we will be available should you have a serious dental emergency.  You can reach Dr. Goggin via phone or text at 828-423-0146 or Rachel our office manager 828-571-0116.  We do request that if you have cold, flu, COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in an active COVID-19 area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has, please let us know before being seen.
For those of you with appointments in the coming weeks, we will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment.  Thank you for your understanding.