Implant Placement – After Dr. Acree develops your treatment plan, your implant will be surgically placed. First, Dr. Acree will clean and numb the treatment area. Then, a metal, screw-shaped piece of titanium will be placed directly into your gums and jaw bone. Once it has been placed, the area will be cleaned and disinfected to promote healing. In some cases, sutures may be needed.
Healing & Osseointegration – The initial healing process takes about 1-2 weeks, and you’ll need to follow Dr. Acree’s instructions to ensure that you recover properly. However, it will take around 3-6 months for your implant to fully heal and osseointegrate. Osseointegration is the process by which the titanium implant bonds permanently and integrates with your jaw bone, ensuring that your implant will never move or shift.
Implant Restoration – While you heal and recover from your implant, you’ll come in for a few follow-up appointments at our office in Modesto, CA. During these visits, Dr. Acree will check your healing progress and take dental impressions of your smile. We will use these impressions to build your crown at our in-house lab. Once your implant has fully healed and osseointegrated, Dr. Acree will attach your crown to your implant, restoring your smile and completing the process.
Compared to bridges and dentures, implants are a superior way to replace missing teeth. Implants help support the health of your jaw bone and prevent bone loss, unlike these alternatives. In addition, dental implants never move or shift in your mouth. They are easier to care for, and look and feel more natural. Implants also last much longer than dentures or bridges.
Dental implants have a number of unique benefits that make them our preferred method of smile restoration at Downey Park Family Dentistry. Unlike all other options for tooth replacement, dental implants bond to your natural jaw and act as an artificial tooth root. Here are a few more benefits to consider:
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that support and stimulate the underlying jaw bone. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about bone loss, which is a common complication after losing one or more teeth.
Dental implants last 30+ years with proper care, which is longer than any other method of smile restoration, including bridges and dentures. In fact, many patients will keep their dental implant for the rest of their lives once it is placed.
Your implant from our Modesto office will look and feel completely natural. It will never move or shift while you eat or speak, and you can clean it just like you would clean one of your other teeth. You will feel comfortable and confident about your smile!