Dental Implants Process
Dental implants offer the closet alternative to your natural teeth. Dr. Joung explains the dental implant process, starting with determining if you are a good candidate for implants. Ridgewood Dental Associates specializes in dental implants and is a hub for training other dentists in how to perform this life-changing treatment.View transcript
Dental implants are basically anchors that we can place in the bone to support a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full set of teeth, including dentures. Patients that would like to get dental implants need to have medical history reviewed, as well as an examination to determine whether implants can be done in their mouth. We need to take certain x-rays. Usually, a CT scan is taken to evaluate the amount of bone that's available, to look at different anatomical structures that we need to look out for. As a specialist, we train for three years learning how to do implants. Usually, the healing can take anywhere from as little as six weeks to up to a couple of months. Depending on whether a tooth would have to be extracted. Whether any bone grafting would be needed. Once the implant has healed with the bone, then the restorative part can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the complexity of the case. After the implant surgery, the recovery process is fairly quick. Maybe a few days of discomfort. The biggest advantage to dental implants is being able to restore a missing tooth without having to cut down adjacent teeth for a bridge, or being able to give someone a fixed restoration, and not have to utilize something that's removable.