Dr. Sahil Goyal provides patients with quality dental implants in his Columbia, MD dentist office. Dr. Goyal is passionate about helping patients restore their smiles safely and comfortably.
The dental implant process, from your initial evaluation to securing your final restoration, takes from five to eight months. However, this process may take longer is you require a tooth extraction, gum disease treatment, or bone grafting before receiving one or more implants. The time it takes you to heal from these treatments will extend your time-frame. Learn more about the ins and outs of the dental implant process below.
The Dental Implant Process
Planning and Evaluation
The first step of the implant process involves evaluation and planning. Dr. Goyal will evaluate your medical history, teeth, gums, bone structure, and your oral health to see if implants are right for you. He will create a model of your teeth and bite so that he can map out the placement of your implants. Dr. Goyal will explain your specific treatment plan to you so you can understand and feel comfortable with each step.
The Implant Procedure
The next step in the implant process is the actual implantation procedure. Dr. Goyal will surgically place your implants into the jaw bone. Implants are made of titanium posts that fuse to the jaw bone. It will from 3 to 6 months for the bone and implants to properly fuse together. The types and sizes of implants that Dr. Goyal uses are based on the number of implants you require as well as their location. Dr. Goyal will place a healing abutment to the posts or a temporary dental restoration during the healing period.
Receiving a New Dental Prosthesis
In the last step of the dental implant process, Dr. Goyal will connect the final prosthesis to the healed posts and abutments. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Goyal will cap off your abutment with a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.