Dental implants can change your life — everything from eating to speaking and socializing can improve when you fill the gaps in your smile. But before you can smile with pride, there are several steps our implant experts must take to prepare your mouth for a successful implant procedure. Dr. Reger and our dental team take every measure we can to make the dental implant process comfortable for you.
Read our guide below to learn more about the dental implant process at Reger Family Dental.
You’ll begin your three- to nine-month journey to a stunning smile with a consultation at our San Antonio office. There, a member of our expert team will meticulously clean your teeth before Dr. Reger provides a thorough examination of your smile. He’ll address any necessary oral health problems at this time and assess your bone structure using our advanced dental technology.
In some cases, Dr. Reger may recommend a supplemental procedure for your dental implants. These treatments strengthen the density of your jawbone, providing a stronger foundation for your implants. We’ll complete these procedures in separate appointments scheduled as necessary.
Although the dental implant process may vary depending on your chosen restorative solution, the placement will generally follow the same steps. We’ll begin by providing another professional cleaning to eliminate any harmful bacteria from your mouth. Dr. Reger will then administer a local anesthetic to the area to eliminate any discomfort, along with one of our dental sedation options if you choose.
Once we’ve ensured your comfort and relaxation, Dr. Reger will surgically place your titanium dental implant to your jawbone. The titanium implant stimulates your jawbone, triggering a process called osseointegration. This process involves your restoration bonding directly with your jawbone to mimic the natural tooth roots.
In the months following your implant placement, you’ll wear temporary dental crowns that allow your gums to heal. Your jawbone will form a strong connection with your crown to make it the strongest restorative solution available. Our team will give you a set of healing instructions to follow in the meantime.
We’ll contact you in the final months of your healing process to determine when we can attach your stunning, personalized dental crowns. These natural-looking restorations are created with durable porcelain that blends seamlessly into your smile. Our dentist will use a connector called an abutment to attach your crown to your titanium implant.
Following your crown placement, you’ll leave our office with a stunning smile that you’ll feel proud to share with your friends and family. While your gums may be tender after receiving your crowns, you should have full functionality of your new teeth in a few days.
Additional healing times may be necessary if patients get multiple implants or need supplemental treatments like bone or tissue grafting.
Patients are also encouraged to examine the dental implant area regularly for any signs of infection or irregularities. Anything unusual or painful should be reported to your doctor right away.