Choosing to restore a lost tooth with a dental implant can be a wise long-term investment in your smile. After all, this is the only restoration that closely mimics a natural tooth and also has the potential to last a lifetime with excellent home care and regular checkups.
Here's how the implant process works.
Step #1: The Initial Consultation
When you're making the decision about how to restore your smile, it's important to discuss your options with your dentist. At Park Place Dental, Dr. Joo has extensive training in the field of implant dentistry, and he can guide you through the process from start to finish at our Barrie dental office.
If you've been told in the past that you're not a candidate for dental implants due to bone loss, Dr. Joo can discuss bone grafting surgery with you that will help to rebuild your jawbone so it can successfully support a dental implant. Bone grafting is another procedure Dr. Joo can perform at Park Place Dental.
Step #2: Implant Placement Surgery
If you need a tooth extracted, this might be completed first or just before your implant placement surgery, depending on your specific needs. During your surgery, Dr. Joo places your implant gently into your jawbone, and then it is given time to heal, which could take anywhere from three to six months.
If you need bone grafting to help support your tooth implant, this may occur a few months before your implant placement surgery.
Step #3: Tooth Restoration
After the appropriate healing time has passed, you'll return to Park Place Dental to receive your implant restoration. We secure an abutment into your implant to attach to your porcelain crown for a single tooth implant. Our dentists design your crown to replace your natural tooth and complement your smile aesthetically.
Dental implants in Barrie, ON can also support dental prosthetics, like a bridge or denture, to replace multiple missing teeth.