Your Free Consultation With Dr. Stockdale
The first step of your journey to a better smile is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jay Stockdale. He’ll examine your teeth and take x-rays, as well as provide you with a treatment plan and a cost estimate.
All of this information is provided for your benefit, and you’re not obligated to proceed if you’re not comfortable. If you decide to move forward with treatment after Dr. Stockdale has approved it for you, a member of our office will sit down with you to create a treatment calendar.
Not every dental implant candidate needs supplemental procedures, but many do. One of the lasting effects of tooth loss is the deterioration of bone density in your jawbone. Natural teeth keep your jawbone strong by stimulating it, but this can’t happen without a tooth in place.
Fortunately, Dr. Stockdale can perform supplemental treatments right here at Renaissance Dental Care. These procedures are aimed at restrengthening your jaw so your implant is more likely to succeed.
Placing Your Fixture
The fixture is the first part of your dental implant to be placed. Implant fixtures are usually made out of titanium because of its ability to create a strong bond with living bone tissue, like those in your jaw. That’s why dental implants require a certain level of jawbone density.
This is a minor surgical procedure that Dr. Stockdale performs in our office. After your surgery, you’ll be given instructions on how to care for the site as it heals. Your fixture will take a couple of months to integrate into your jaw, so we’ll give you a temporary crown in the meantime.
Your Like-New Smile
Once you’re ready to receive the final parts of your dental implant, we’ll call you back to our office. Your porcelain crown will then be placed and you can enjoy your strong, beautiful smile. Porcelain restorations look exactly like natural teeth, so your smile will look completely natural.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The entire process takes at least a couple of months to complete, depending on if you require a supplemental treatment and how long your jawbone takes to bond with the fixture. Three to six months is the average time it takes.
How painful is a dental implant?
You won’t feel anything during the procedure because you’ll be administered anesthesia. After the procedure, some pain or discomfort can be expected but is treatable with over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can be back at work that very same day.
How soon after tooth extraction can you have an implant?
Sometimes, it’s possible to place an implant the same day as a tooth is extracted. But in most cases, you have to wait a couple of months for the area to heal before receiving an implant.
How long does it take for an implant to heal?
The time it takes for you to heal is dependent on a number of factors such as how many implants you received, how fast your body heals, and how well you take care of your oral hygiene.
Can your mouth reject an implant?
It is possible but very rare. In the case that you notice difficulty chewing, gum inflammation, increased swelling, loosening of your implant, or severe pain, contact our office immediately so we can help.