Our Dental Implant Process
Dental implants boast of an average success rate of 95–98 percent. They are a highly effective procedure that bestows upon the patient numerous health and cosmetic benefits, including a strong, healthier smile. To help ensure that our Charlotte, NC, patients get the most from their tooth implants, here at the Charlotte Dental Implant Center with Dr. Ramesh Sunar we follow a four-step dental implant process. The procedure starts with a one-on-one consultation and ends with a restored smile you’ll be proud to show off to all of your friends and family.
The Comprehensive Consultation with Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Sunar
The first stop on the road to a gorgeous smile makeover starts with a one-on-one, comprehensive consultation. During the consultation, you and Dr. Sunar will discuss your dental health problems and the solutions at your disposal. Then, the dentist will carefully examine your oral anatomy, studying the area around the missing tooth. The purpose behind this is to see which tooth loss treatment best responds to the unique characteristics of your oral anatomy. If you find that dental implants are the best choice for you, we will then schedule your next appointment with us for the procedure.
Remember, bring with you any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Sunar or another member of our friendly staff is more than happy to provide whatever information you need to make the best decision for your oral health.
Placing the Implant Fixture
To learn more about the components of the dental implant see: What Are Dental Implants?
After your consultation with Dr. Sunar, you’ll be ready for the tooth implant procedure. At this point, we will embed the implant fixture, which an artificial tooth root made from a biocompatible titanium-alloy. Before the procedure begins, Dr. Sunar may administer a local anesthesia. Then, the titanium root is placed directly into the jawbone by means of a specialized tool, during which you should feel only minimal pain or discomfort. After the fixture is inserted, the affected gumline will be sutured and you will be ready for a period of rest and recovery.
After the implant fixture is in place, you will enter a three to six month healing period. At this time, the implant wound heals and the process of osseointegration takes place. Osseointegration refers to the assimilation of the implant by the jawbone. It does this by generating new bone tissue, which grows right up to the surface of the implant and weaves itself through various tiny holes that cover the fixture’s surface. If successful, osseointegration can create such a strong hold that the implant may continue to serve its purpose for the rest of your life.
Once the implant site has healed and the fixture has fully integrated with the jawbone, you will be close to ready for receiving your new permanent replacement teeth. Before we can start fitting your new teeth, however, we must first attach an abutment to the dental implant. The abutment is a thin post that acts as a connector between the fixture and the crown. When this is accomplished, you’ll enter your last healing phase — around two to four weeks long.
Fitting Your New Dental Crowns
The final step to your new smile makeover is to have your permanent replacement teeth attached to the implant. Each replacement tooth, called a crown, is tailor-made to your specific needs. Indeed, matched in size, color, and shape, your crowns will look and feel just like natural teeth. During a series of “try-in” appointments, Dr. Sunar will place these on your dental implants and will tweak them as much as necessary until your smile is stunningly harmonized.
Start the Process Towards an Amazing Smile Today
Dental implants are the preferred treatment for tooth loss, thanks to their many benefits to the patient and their numerous advantages over removable dentures. If you would like to learn more about them, please contact our Charlotte, NC, sedation and implant dentistry practice to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today: 704-208-5545. Our dental implant patients come to us from Huntersville, Ashville, Charlotte, Gastonia and Greenville, North Carolina.