Gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth can now be corrected with dental implants. Dental implants can restore your smile to proper form and function.
At River Oaks Dental, we use coDiagnostiX™ for implant planning. CoDiagnostiX™ allows our doctors to determine optimal implant positioning for your procedure.
What will happen during my implant placement appointment?
Dental implants are a two-step procedure. During the first step, the titanium 'root' is put into place in your jaw bone by our experienced and caring team.
The implant procedure will take about 30 minutes to place the implant into your jawbone. However, we ask that you schedule at least one hour to make sure there is enough time for prep and follow up.
Your dentist will apply anesthetic before starting the surgery. The titanium ‘root’ is implanted into the jaw bone using a very meticulous and exact surgical technique.
Once the implant is in place, we will close your gum tissue over the implant root and your surgery will be complete.
What happens after the implant placement procedure?
As your soft tissue heals, the implant ‘root’ will bond with the bone in your jaw.
Although different patients experience different healing times, it can take up to several months for the soft tissue to fully heal.
The soft tissue will need to be completely healed before we can proceed with implant restoration. The implant will be completed with the placement of a dental crown.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a natural looking and long term solution to gaps created by missing teeth. With implants, many patients find their self-confidence improves. From a dental health point of view, implants help protect against bone loss, thereby preventing other issues.
With dental implants, patients can to enjoy hard-to-chew foods (like nuts or raw vegetables) without limitation, so that a healthy diet need not be compromised by a limited ability to chew.