Most of our patients know that dental implants are a superior solution for missing teeth, but many assume that the process is more lengthy and complicated than it really is. Dr. Grubb will ensure your treatment is as simple and comfortable as possible, and he even offers immediate load implants that can be placed in one appointment for your convenience.
The first step of the implant process is scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Grubb. During this visit, he’ll thoroughly examine your oral health and determine if dental implants are the right treatment for you. He’ll also use this time to explain each step of the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.
If you suffer from gum disease or jawbone deterioration, he’ll likely recommend one or more supplemental procedures to prepare you for implant surgery. These procedures can include bone grafting, soft tissue augmentation, and more.
Once Dr. Grubb determines you’re ready, he’ll place your implant fixture directly in your jawbone. From this point, you’ll need to allow three to six months for your implant to heal before your crown can be attached. This is to allow time for osseointegration, the process of your implant fixture fusing with your jaw to take the place of a natural tooth root.
For patients who don’t have this much time, we also offer immediate load implants. Using these special implants, Dr. Grubb can attach your restoration as soon as your implant surgery is complete. By condensing a multi-month process into a single appointment, immediate load implants offer a convenient alternative to the traditional method.
If you have reservations about the dental implant process, Dr. Grubb will be happy to clear them up for you. To schedule your initial consultation, contact our practice in Havre de Grace today – it’s the first step to your new smile.