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.
Yes, but any dental issues will have to be taken care of prior to getting dental implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Grubb will recommend any supplemental treatments to help prevent issues and set your dental implants up for success. Most supplemental procedures can be done right here at our office and may include a bone or gum graft and gum disease treatment.
The duration of the dental implant process varies depending on your unique needs These include your oral health, how many implants are needed, and whether a supplemental procedure is required.
If you’re an ideal candidate, the process typically takes about 6 months. The duration of your treatment also depends on how long it takes your jawbone and gums to heal around the implant. Implants on the upper arch tend to take longer and healing time varies from patient to patient.
For an accurate time estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Grubb. During this visit, he’ll review your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a timeline. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Havre de Grace office at (410) 939-5800 and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.
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.