What to Expect From a Dental Implant in West Covina CA

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Your dentist may recommend a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the position of a tooth root so it connects to the jawbone. It takes a few months for the implant to bond to the bone tissue, after which the crown can be attached to it to give you a new artificial tooth. 

The implant process comprises several stages that take place over 5 to 9 months. If a dental implant is right for you, then the dentist will take X-rays of the site and prepare models of the teeth. These will be used to formulate a treatment plan detailing the steps of your treatment, time frames, and associated costs. 

The standard treatment involves two procedures:

  • During the first procedure, the oral surgeon makes a small cut in the gum where the tooth will be placed. Next, a hole will be drilled in the bone tissue and the implant placed, after which the incision will be stitched closed. You may wear temporary dentures or bridgework as the site heals. 
  • After three to six months, within which time the dental implant will have bonded with the bone tissue, the second procedure will take place. This involves making another cut in the gum tissue to expose the top part of the titanium implant. A collar (healing cap) is screwed onto the top of the implant to facilitate healing of the surrounding tissue. The cap is removed after several weeks and the abutment screwed in its place. The crown can then be attached to finish the tooth replacement process. 

Please keep in mind that there’s a faster way to get implants, where the mini-implants and crown are placed simultaneously in one appointment.  

Maintenance 

After the completion of your treatment, it’s important that you continue to clean all your teeth regularly and thoroughly as instructed by your dentist and to visit the dentist regularly to assess the health of your gums and stability of the restoration. Also make sure to follow the care and maintenance tips for your new teeth, which may include a change in diet, to ensure the continued integrity of your new teeth. 

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