The 5 Step Process Of Getting Dental Implants

Posted on: 15 November 2022

Whether you require a single implant to replace a single tooth or need multiple implants to support a full set of dentures, the process of getting your dental implants will be the same. This process is made up of five steps. Continue reading below to learn more about each of these five steps.

Step #1: Dental Molds

The first step your dentist will need to complete is to take a full set of dental molds. These molds give your dentist an impression of both your teeth and your gums. These impressions are then used to make a dental crown or dentures that will be used along with your dental implants. By taking molds before any dental work is done, the lab will be able to create a crown or denture that perfectly fits your mouth. 

Step #2: Extractions & Grafts

Some patients will need to have teeth extracted or bone grafts completed before they can get dental implants. This second step in the process will be a bit different for each person since it is based on their own personal oral health issues. To determine what extractions or grafts you will require, be sure to talk with your dentist. 

Step #3: Surgery

After step two has been completed, you will be ready for the surgical part of the dental implant procedure. During this step, your dental implants will be surgically placed in your jawbone. While your implants will be in place after this step, these implants will not be ready for immediate use. Consequently, your dentist will likely offer you a temporary bridge or denture that can be used to replace any missing teeth until the dental implant process is completed. 

Step #4: Healing

This part of the process is simply a waiting game. During this step, you will be waiting for your jaw to heal around your newly placed implants. Since each person heals at a different rate, there is no way to tell exactly how long you will remain in this step. While some people heal in a few weeks, others will take several months to complete the healing process. You should expect to visit your dentist periodically during this step to check your healing progress.

Step #5: Dental Crown Or Dentures

Once your jaw has healed and your implants are secure within your jaw, your dentist will be ready to complete the final step in the implant process. This final step is to attach the dental crowns or dentures that you will be using permanently to replace your missing natural teeth.