What Abbeville SC, residents need to know about Dental Implants
Many options exist for replacing a missing tooth and improving the look of your smile. Dental implant surgery is one of those options and is a good choice for patients with a healthy jawbone who are willing to invest the time and resources into the procedure.
The procedure for dental implant surgery includes the following steps.
1. Consult with your dentist. At Dr. Christopher Griffin’s office, the dentist will meet with you to discuss your concerns, perform an oral examination, and take x-rays and molds of your mouth.
2. Develop your treatment plan. Every mouth is different and Dr. Griffin believes that your treatment plan should be customized to your desired outcome, budget, and timeline. Dr. Griffin will take a number of factors into consideration including how many teeth need to be replaced, and the health of your jawbone. Additionally, he will determine whether any specialists need to be included.
3. The dental implant surgery is performed through a series of outpatient visits. First, if the damaged tooth is still in the mouth, it will be removed. Next, your jawbone will be prepared for surgery, which can include bone grafting. After the jawbone has healed, Dr. Griffin will set the implant’s metal post into your jawbone and then that will be given plenty of time to heal. Finally, an abutment will be attached to the post and a crown will be placed on the abutment.
The entire process can take three to nine months, depending on the time it takes your mouth to heal after the procedures. Patients are kept comfortable during each office visit using anesthesia, and when necessary, sedation. Additionally, because the damaged tooth is removed early in the process, most patients will be fitted for a temporary restoration that can be removed to clean it and to sleep.
Patients will finish the dental implant surgery process with a tooth that looks, feels, and functions exactly like their natural teeth.
Dr. Christopher Griffin is committed to ensuring that patients have the smile they want. If you have a problem tooth or think that implant surgery might be for you, call his office today to schedule a consultation.