Here is what you can expect from your treatment at Life Smiles of Owasso.
Step 1. Evaluation
Dr. Lim will perform a thorough examination of your dental health and bite to determine whether implants are right for you. You will have X-rays, photographs, and even a CT scan taken in order to capture a comprehensive picture of the structures in and around your mouth. Dr. Lim will let you know if he recommends implants and then reviews with you a suggested treatment plan that has been customized to your needs and preferences.
Step 2. Implant Placement
In a brief procedure, Dr. Lim will administer local anesthetic to the treatment site and then carefully create an opening in your gums and bone. He will place the implant screw in the site and then close up the gum tissue around it to allow your implant to heal undisturbed. If you have a tooth extracted prior to getting an implant, Dr. Lim may recommend building up the bone tissue in the socket to ensure a strong foundation for the implant. If you are nervous about the procedure, conscious sedation is available for your comfort.
Step 3. Healing
It takes several months for a dental implant to create a tight bond with the surrounding bone tissue in a process called “osseointegration.” An implant can only bear the forces of biting and chewing once it has integrated with the bone. It may take three to six months for your implant to fully heal. In the meantime, Dr. Lim will carefully monitor your progress. But don’t worry, your Owasso implant dentist will give you a temporary crown while you wait for your jaw to heal.
Step 4. Abutment Placement
The abutment is a small piece that connects your restoration to your dental implant screw. In most cases, the abutment is placed after the implant has successfully integrated with the bone tissue.
Step 5. Restoration
Dr. Lim will begin designing your restoration at the start of your dental implant journey, and you will be fitted for your restoration once your implant has healed. Dr. Lim makes dental implant crowns out of zirconia, a ceramic material that looks like natural tooth enamel but is as strong as metal.