Dental Implant Placement Process

At our Delray Beach, FL dental practice, we offer exceptional dental implant supported restorations for patients with missing teeth or failing removable prostheses.  Dr. Smile More has been providing dental implants to patients in the Delray Beach and other nearby communities of Florida since 1987 and is one of the leading providers of implant supported teeth replacement options in the area.  Dr. Ross takes great pride in his ability to completely restore not only his patients’ smiles but also their enjoyment in the little things in life again.  Our staff endeavor to ensure that the treatment process is as comfortable and convenient as we can make it for them while under our care at our Delray Beach, FL office.  The treatment process typically follows four main parts: new patient consultation, implantation, recovery, and final restoration.  Read on to learn more about each stage of the dental implant treatment process.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

The first step to getting your missing or failing teeth replaced by remarkable dental implants is to schedule your informational one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ross.  At this consultation Dr. Ross will discuss all of your questions, concerns, treatment goals, and expectations before explaining all of your treatment options.  Patients will undergo a thorough physical examination to determine whether they have enough healthy gum tissue and healthy jawbone structure and density to properly facilitate the dental implant treatment.  If the patient is deemed to be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, then they will be schedule for a routine oral surgery to have their implants placed.  Read on to learn more about the oral surgery required to place dental implants.

Oral Surgery for Implantation

The second stage of treatment is the oral surgery for the placement of dental implants.  This is a routine outpatient procedure that can be accomplished under local or general anesthesia for the comfort of the patient.  The oral surgeon will begin the procedure with the administration of the anesthetic before starting the procedure.  The surgeon will make incisions in the gum tissue above the areas of the jaw that will receive the implants in order to expose the underlying bone.  Next, the dental implant sites will be carefully prepared with highly specialized instruments that will help to make the installation of dental implants as seamless as possible.  Next, the oral surgeon will carefully and optimally place the implants according to the proposed treatment.  After the incisions at the implant sites are sutured, the oral surgeon may place a temporary restoration onto the implants if it is part of the treatment plan.  Next comes the months-long healing and recovery process.

Recovery and Healing

After the dental implants have been placed, the process of healing and osseointegration can begin.  Osseointegration is the process by which the titanium material of the dental implant stimulates new bone growth in very close proximity to the surface of the dental implant.  The result of this process is an astoundingly strong and stable foundation for supporting replacement teeth.  Although it requires several months to properly heal and assimilate with the jawbone, patients often report an unrivaled level of comfort and convenience compared to their removable oral prostheses.  During this healing period it is imperative to maintain a good oral hygiene routine in addition to avoiding foods and could damage or jeopardize the immediate and long-term success of dental implants.  The oral surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions for the care of surgical sites for after your treatment.

Placement of Permanent Restoration

After your dental implants have been able to successfully integrate with the anatomy of your jawbone, they will be ready to accept and support the permanent restorations.  Our practice contracts with one of the nation’s premier dental laboratories to provide exquisitely beautiful and natural looking replacement teeth that are fully functional.  If you have a temporary restoration, Dr. Ross will remove it and will clean the area before placing the permanent restoration.  Final restorations will be fitted for comfort, optimal orientation, and proper bite before being permanently attached.  If you would like to see real testimonials from actual patients of Dr. Ross, be sure to view our patient testimonials section.  The end result of the dental implant treatment will be a full complement of beautiful and functional teeth that are vastly superior to any type of removable dental prosthesis.

Contact Dr. Smile More for Dental Implants

To begin the process of replacing your missing or failing teeth with truly remarkable dental implants, all that is required is to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Smile More in Delray Beach, FL.  There are a number of important advantages and benefits that dental implants afford patients in addition to the obvious functional and cosmetic benefits of having a tooth where there wasn’t one before.  Our practice also offers a variety of payment and financing options for patients with concerns about the cost of dental implants treatment.  If you are ready for a complete, permanent, and fixed teeth replacement option, then contact Dr. Smile More to schedule your very own dental implant consultation at our Delray Beach, FL offices.