The journey towards a healthy and flawless smile starts with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Robinette. You’ll first discuss your dental needs and we’ll suggest various treatment options available for you.
Only an informed patient can make the best decisions for his or her dental health, so you are highly encouraged to bring up any questions or concerns you may have.
Dr. Robinette will then examine your oral health to determine your candidacy for dental implants. If you decide that implants are the superior choice given your goals and needs, the next step is to schedule your implant placement appointment.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone tissue to provide strong and stable support for your permanent replacement teeth.
Using a small dental drill, the implant fixture is inserted into the jaw and the wound site is subsequently sutured. Any discomfort felt during the surgery should be minimal and Dr. Robinette may administer a local or general anesthetic to eliminate any soreness you may feel.
Once the implant is positioned and the implant site is sealed, the healing stage of the dental implant process will begin.
Rest and Recuperation
The healing phase of the dental implant process can take anywhere from three to six months. The exact time period depends on the unique characteristics of the patient’s oral anatomy and dental health.
Dr. Robinette will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the treatment process length during the initial consultation.
During this time, the dental implant fixture fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. The length of the healing stage depends on how long it takes to complete the integration between the implant and the underlying bone structure.
Replacement Teeth “Try-Ins”
After the implant site has fully healed, we can begin to fit your permanent replacement teeth. Before a dental implant can support your final restoration, an abutment has to be attached to the fixture. The abutment is a small titanium post that acts as a connector between the artificial tooth root and the crown or denture.
Once ready, you’ll return to our office for one or more “try-in” appointment where Dr. Robinette will place your new permanent replacement teeth.
One of the many advantages implants have over alternative restorative treatments is how closely they resemble your natural teeth in its shape, size, color, and even texture. No other restorative treatment will deliver stunning results as dental implants do.