Alta Dental

The Dental Implant Process from Start to Finish

October 27, 2021
Posted By: Alta Dental Studio

We offer dental implants in Vancouver because they are the tooth replacement option most recommended by dentists. And they are considered the gold standard for several reasons:

  • Natural look and function
  • May protect against jawbone loss
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning
  • Long-lasting and durable

If you’ve considered dental implants, we encourage you to talk to your dentist and learn whether implant dentistry is a viable option for you.

Now, let’s look at the process from start to finish!

The Dental Implant Process: Step-by-Step

Step #1 Schedule a Consultation with Your Vancouver Dentist

This initial appointment accomplishes many things. If you’re a new patient, it allows you to familiarize yourself with our friendly dental team—especially if you’re a new patient.

Additionally, your dentist will talk to you about your smile expectations and provide an exam to make sure implants are a viable option for your tooth replacement. This exam may also include x-rays to gather information about your oral anatomy. In most cases, if you have good oral health and sufficient jawbone, implants are a good fit.

However, your dentist may recommend pretreatments if there are obstacles, including bone grafting if there is jawbone deterioration or a sinus lift if upper implants can potentially interfere with your sinus cavities.

If you decide to go forward with dental implants, we schedule your implant surgery.

Step #2 Come to Our Dental Office for Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is not as invasive as it sounds. Your dentist simply implants a thin but strong replacement root into your jawbone. Many patients compare this to less invasive treatments like dental fillings.

Of course, we always numb the implant site before starting work and take special measures to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable. We also rely on 3-D cone beam imaging for image-guided and precise implant placement.

After several hours, when the anesthesia wears off, you may experience mild tenderness and swelling, but this typically subsides within a few days. If you’re medically able, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.

Your dentist may also rely on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote faster healing and lower your risk for infection. PRP is a leading technology that utilizes a small sample of your own blood supply. Your dentist spreads this platelet-rich PRP across the treatment site, and the platelets are set to work aiding your recovery.  

This step in the implant process is followed by a waiting period. Over the next few months, your implant will integrate into your jawbone, and this lays the groundwork for your eventual dental crown, also known as a replacement tooth.

Step #3 Dental Crown Placement

When integration is complete, you come back to our dental office for crown placement. Your dentist takes special measures to make sure your crown fits properly and functions as it should. And because your crown is customized, it will match the shade and shape of your natural teeth.

After your crown placement, you’re free to indulge in your favourite meals and smile with confidence again. You’ll not have to worry about slippage, adhesives, or in-office relines.

A Note About Implant-Supported Prosthetics

Implant prosthetics like dentures and bridges follow the same steps as for single implants. However, your dentist relies on four to six implants to provide you with an implant-supported denture and one or more for a fixed bridge.

Implant-supported prosthetics are ideal for patients who have total or significant tooth loss but do not want a single implant for every lost tooth. Typically, implant-supported dentures and bridges in Vancouver are more cost-effective than single implants for every lost tooth.

Dental Implants: Maintenance and Benefits

Now that you have a full smile, you may be wondering how to best care for it. With dental implants, you brush, floss, and visit your Vancouver dentist regularly for examinations and teeth cleanings. In other words, there are no extra steps. Instead, you treat your implants like natural teeth.

And the benefits of dental implants are many. Implants prevent tooth migration; this is the natural process where remaining teeth move toward smile gaps. When this takes place, your bite is no longer even, and you can expect eventual wear on certain teeth more than others. This can result in increased cavities and even future fractures.

Another natural occurrence with tooth loss is jawbone deterioration. However, because they are really tooth replacement roots, dental implants may stimulate your jawbone to remain present and healthy.

For More Information about Dental Implants in Vancouver, We Encourage Your Call

Reach out to a helpful team member if you have any questions or are ready to schedule your dental implant consultation.