The dental implant process is generally completed in several stages, including an in-depth planning session, preparatory procedures, surgical placement of the implants, and restoration with a crown, denture, or bridge. Dr. Dovgan can perform every aspect of your dental implant procedure at our Phoenix office, providing you with convenient, high-quality care. Understanding what to expect during the dental implant treatment timeline, from start to finish, can help you make informed decisions and be an active participant in your care.
Treatment Planning for Dental Implants
The first step of dental implant treatment is a consultation with Dr. Dovgan. During this appointment, he will talk with you about your goals and assess the health of your teeth and gums. To obtain an accurate view of your jawbone and important orofacial landmarks, Dr. Dovgan will also use our ORTHOPHOS® SL 3-D cone beam scanner. This x-ray unit captures thousands of images to create an accurate representation of your dentition. Once all relevant information has been gathered, Dr. Dovgan will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.
One of the advantages of using 3-D diagnostic technology is that it allows Dr. Dovgan to provide patients with the most accurate care available. Our computer software program can manipulate the images, giving Dr. Dovgan a 360-degree view of your jawbone. He can even place virtual implants onto the digital scan to ensure there is enough bone density.
Creating a Surgical Guide
We will also use the information we gather to fabricate a custom surgical guide. This device is placed over the dental ridge during surgery. Special markers highlight the areas where the posts should be inserted, making the procedure incredibly precise.
Some patients require preparatory procedures prior to implant placement. For example, if you have gum disease or tooth decay, you will need restorative procedures, as these concerns can seriously impede the success of your treatment. These conditions can also potentially lead to implant failure.
In addition, dental implants require plenty of healthy bone tissue to be successful. Therefore, patients lacking bone density will need a bone grafting procedure to prepare the jawbone for the implant posts. Fortunately, Dr. Dovgan provides all necessary preparatory procedures in our office for added convenience.
Once you have healed from any preparatory procedures, you can undergo implant placement surgery. To begin, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the gums and keep you comfortable.Some patients might also choose to receive sedation in the form of nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation.
Initial dental implant surgery can be completed in about one hour in our office. This surgery involves:
- Anesthesia: First, Dr. Dovgan will numb the surrounding tissues with local anesthesia for your comfort. Sedation can also be administered, if desired, to alleviate dental anxiety and help you relax. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
- Preparing the site: Before the implant can be placed, the bone must be prepared. Dr. Dovgan will make a small pilot hole in the jawbone, then gradually increase the depth and diameter appropriately using a series of special drill bits.
- Placing the implant: Once the site is prepared, Dr. Dovgan will insert the implant into the jawbone.
Osseointegration: Fusion of the Jaw and Implants
Once your implants are in place, they must become fused to the jawbone tissue. This process can take four to six months. As you heal, you will undergo periodic checkups that will allow Dr. Dovgan to monitor your progress.