At Harry Albers DDS in Santa Rosa, CA we believe in providing the best and most comfortable tooth replacement solutions for our patients. Dental implants are the preferred treatment for missing or decaying teeth amongst our patients for a variety of reasons, including:
- Dental implants are permanent and long-lasting
- Dental implants require no special maintenance
- Dental implants do not need to be removed for maintenance, cleaning, or eating
- Dental implants look and feel the closest to natural teeth.
The dental implants process consists of four main stages: the consultation, the surgery, the recovery period, and the placement of your new artificial teeth.
Step 1: Consultation with our Santa Rosa Dentist
The process of getting a complete and beautiful smile starts with a consultation with Dr. Harry Albers. This initial visit consists of an evaluation and a discussion of your dental needs and the various treatment options available to you. The process of installing dental implants is customized to the specifics of your clinical situation. We also make sure to address any questions or concerns you may have about the dental implants process. Once you and Dr. Albers discuss the status of your oral health, you can decide upon an ideal tooth replacement treatment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will explain and describe the treatment process in detail and answer any remaining questions you may have.
Step 2: Dental Implants Surgery
Dental implants are placed during an outpatient procedure at our Santa Rosa dental office. During the procedure, Dr. Albers will surgically place the dental implant beneath the gums and into the jawbone to protect it while it heals. To place the dental implant, a specialized dental drill is used to prepare the area in the location of the missing tooth. This prepared area guides and holds the dental implant, which effectively acts like a replacement tooth root. Near the end of the surgery your gums will be closed to help ensure the proper healing of the dental implant.
The dental implant is anchored into place through a biological process known as osseointegration. During this process, existing bone tissue grows around the titanium dental implant. This integration solidifies the dental implant’s placement in the jawbone as if it were another natural part of your body. It is the process of osseointegration that makes dental implants a sturdy, permanent, and long-lasting solution to missing and decaying teeth.
After dental implant surgery, You may also receive temporary replacement teeth to fill any gaps your missing teeth have left behind for the duration of the healing phase of treatment. These replacement teeth will be replaced by your permanent custom designed replacement teeth near the end of the dental implants treatment process.
Step 3: Recovery
Recovering from dental implant surgery is a 3–6 month process, allowing osseointegration to fully secure the dental implant to the jawbone. It is important for you to maintain excellent dental hygiene in order to avoid complications during the healing period and risking the success of the procedure. Poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, so make sure to regularly brush and floss your teeth and implants.
During the healing period you will also need to avoid tough and hard foods which can place undue stress on the implant site. Dr. Albers will give you specific instructions on how to properly care for your dental implants during the recovery period. If you have questions at any point during the recovery process, call our Santa Rosa dental team! We’re here to help ensure the success of your dental implant at every stage.
While swelling of the gums and face may occur early during the healing period, you should feel only minimal discomfort after the immediate effects of oral surgery resolve. Dr. Albers may prescribe to you pain medications to relieve any pain or discomfort you may experience. It is important for you to schedule periodic check-ups with Harry Albers DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Santa Rosa, CA so that we can make sure the dental implants are healing properly and in accordance with your treatment plan.
Nearing the end of the recovery period you will come into our office for the attachment of a small metal post to your dental implants. This post, also referred to as an extension or connector, is known as an abutment. These extensions are screwed into the implants in order to attach the replacement teeth.At this time, Dr. Albers will make any necessary adjustments to your temporary replacement teeth so that you may continue wearing them until your permanent replacement teeth can be affixed to your implants.
Step 4: Placement of Dental Prosthetic
Once recovery is complete, you will return to Harry Albers DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to complete the dental implants process. It is in this stage of the process that your permanent replacement teeth are manufactured and fitted. During your final appointment you will “try-in” your dental prosthetics to make sure that their color, size, and shape closely match your natural teeth and the characteristics of your face before they are permanently affixed.
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Our priority at Harry Albers DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is you, our patient. Dr. Harry Albers aims to make the dental implants process as comfortable as possible for you. If you are suffering from missing or decaying teeth contact our Santa Rosa dentist today to schedule your no-obligation consultation!