Understanding Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implants in Arcadia
Are you ready to undergo dental implant treatment? No matter the reason for receiving the implant, it is important to have a good understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of dental implantology before undergoing treatment. Before your scheduled procedure, our go-to dentist for dental implants in Arcadia, Dr. Farahmand, will explain the procedure in great detail to you. He will answer all of your questions and put your anxieties at ease, so you know exactly what to expect when undergoing dental implant treatment. After your initial consultation and your x-rays or digital scans have been taken, the treatment protocol to place and restore an implant can be broken down into the following steps.

Phase 1:

  • For the surgical placement of the implant, your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia.
  • An incision is made in the gums where the implant will go to expose the bone underneath. A specialized drill will then be used to create a space for the implant in the bone.
  • After the implant is neatly in place, a second component will be screwed into the implant and will remain in place during the healing process.
  • The gums are closed over the implant and a stitch or two may be needed to hold the gums closed.
  • Phase 2:

    • Over the course of the next few months, the implant becomes securely attached to the bone. This process is called osteointegration, meaning the implant fuses to the jawbone. The bone locks the implant in place and grows around it to reinforce it, just like your other teeth.
    • This healing phase can take a few months. No worries, as you will have a “healing cap” to protect the implant while it heals and a temporary crown, so it doesn’t look like you have a missing tooth in the process. Once it’s healed, it’s time to move on to phase 3.

    Phase 3:

    • Dr. Farahmand will have created a custom crown for you that will look, feel, and function as your very own tooth. If you are replacing more than one tooth, then a bridge or denture may be needed instead of a crown.
    • You get to leave the dentist’s office with a confident smile!
    Of course, there are a variety of factors that need to be considered for this treatment depending on the individual patient. Each case varies depending on the need’s and medical history of the patient. For further information or schedule an appointment with the highly reputable and experienced Dr. Omid Farahmand, DMD of OF Dental Care please call 626.254.1948 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com to learn more.

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