Our Fort Worth patients often ask us what to expect during the dental implant process. Here we describe to them what it’s like to get dental implants from start to finish. Outlined below are the common phases of treatment. However, the treatment process can vary from patient to patient.
1. Initial Consultation
In this appointment, our dentist Dr. Steve Brown will take the time to listen to your needs and goals and perform a oral examination. Depending upon your interest level, we may also take a CT Scan of your mouth. This whole appointment will usually last about an hour.
2. Impressions of Your Mouth
Depending upon what your treatment will be, we will either do an impression of your upper mouth, lower mouth, or both. This appointment will take around an hour, and full payment for your procedure is expected at this time. On average, it takes 2 to 3 weeks to make temporary teeth, which you will wear immediately following your extractions/implants. These temporary teeth will be either dentures, crowns, or bridges depending on the nature of your specific procedure. Once the teeth are made, our office will call you to schedule your extractions and/or dental implant procedure.
During this appointment, Dr. Brown will remove your tooth or teeth and will place as many implants as possible during the extraction visit. Depending on the state of your oral health, you may have all of your implants delivered the same day as your extractions, or you may require healing after your extractions before implants can be placed. Dr. Brown will inform you beforehand in your treatment plan whether or not you qualify for same-day dental implants. Immediately following your surgery in the same appointment, Dr. Brown will also deliver your temporary appliance.
4. Post-Op Appointment
This visit will typically occur the day after your implant surgery. Adjustments will be made to your temporary teeth for your comfort.
5. Interim CT Scan
After approximately three months, you will return for a CT Scan for us to evaluate your bone re-generation. At this point, we will schedule you for your implant placement if you have not had your implants delivered already, or possibly recommend that you wait a bit longer before placement.
6. Implant Placement
If you haven’t already received all of your implants, Dr. Brown will add the final number of dental implants he feels is necessary for your case.
7. Post-Op Appointment
This appointment will take place on the day after your implant placement. This will take only a few minutes.
8. Impressions for Your Final Teeth
This step takes 2 to 3 weeks. If you are getting implant supported dentures, you will be called when your wax try-in is ready at the end of this period to schedule the wax try-in.
Be sure to contact The Dental Implant Place to learn more about what you can expect from your personalized treatment plan through the dental implant process.
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