Dr. Siddhi Patel is an experienced restorative dentist in Hilliard, OH that offers quality dental implant services. The dental implant process is more invasive and costly when compared to other more traditional options but a dental implant secured restoration is better for your oral health. This tooth replacement option is also more aesthetically pleasing and will offer you a better quality of life.
Step-By-Step: The Dental Implant Process
- Initial Dental Implant Consultation – At your initial consultation, Dr. Patel will perform a thorough dental exam to determine if you qualify for dental implants. She requires that her patients be in good general health (healthy enough to undergo surgery), not smoke, have optimal oral health, and have enough bone structure to support the implants. If you have suffered from bone loss, Dr. Patel will recommend a bone graft or sinus lift so that the implants are properly supported. If you qualify for an implant supported restoration, a customized treatment plan will be created to meet your oral health needs and aesthetic goals.
- Dental Implant Surgery – The dental implants will be placed during a fairly routine surgery. Working from your treatment plan, an expert oral surgeon will place them in the jaw bone while you are under local anesthesia. The implantation of a single dental implant should only take about an hour. A temporary restoration may be placed depending on the location of your missing teeth. The number of implants placed will depend on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located along the jaw.
- Osseointegration and Abutment Placement – Once the implant(s) are placed in the jaw bone, they will need time to fully fuse with the surrounding bone during a process called osseointegration. This process typically takes about three to six months. Bone cells will attach themselves to the implant creating a very strong bond and stable base for the dental restoration. Once they have fully fused, the abutments will need to be secured to the dental implants. Dr. Patel will take several impressions of your teeth that will be used to fabricate your custom dental restoration.
- Dental Restoration Placement – When your new replacement teeth are ready, you will return to our dentist office in Hilliard, OH to have them permanently attached. This can be a dental crown if you are missing one tooth or a denture or dental bridge if you are missing multiple teeth. The dental restoration will be secured at by Dr. Patel where it will blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Many of our patients prefer dental implants over removable options because they provide long lasting, highly effective results. Dental implants are now a routine procedure and offer a high success rate. To learn more about dental implants, their benefits and how the process works, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel at her Hilliard, OH dentist office today. You can reach our office at 614-405-7275 or you can request an appointment online.