Dental implants are the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. The process of placing and restoring dental implants generally takes six months to a year. Total time necessary for treatment depends on the number of implants, location, and how the implants are being restored.
Dental Implants are surgically placed directly into your jawbone by a dental specialist with extensive training in implant placement and complications that may arise. Not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants. We will recommend that our patients receive a surgical evaluation prior to finalization of an implant treatment plan.
Diagnostic models and X-rays are required for all implant candidates. Many patient models will also be discussed with our dental implant lab partners prior to final treatment plan presentation. After your visit with the surgeon and our discussion with the lab, a final treatment plan including anticipated time frame and fees will be presented. It is important to keep in mind that the surgeon’s fees for implant placement and our fees for treatment received at Steckelberg Dental are separate fees.
After dental implant placement, you will undergo a healing phase. During this time your body is building bone around the implant, called osseointegration. We must wait until the implant is stable in your bone before we place forces on the implant. The surgeon who places the implant will let us know when it is time to restore your implant.
Sometimes a second stage surgery is required. This is often done to uncover implants placed deep in your gum tissue. Implant placement is dictated by the amount of bone available. Thus, your implant surgeon makes the decision of implant placement location and number of implants placed. Dr. Steckelberg prefers to work with implant surgeons who have received additional training in implant placement and are committed to communication with our office.
Fixture Level Impression or Digital Impressions
In order to have your implant crown or implant denture fabricated in the lab, we utilize a fixture level impression or digital impressions. For the fixture level impression, we temporarily remove your implant’s healing cap. A special attachment called an impression coping is secured into your implant. An X-ray must be taken to verify proper fit of the coping prior to your impression. We then take an impression and replace the healing cap. When feasible, we will coordinate a digital impression at your surgeon’s office; this will occur during one of the osseointegration check appointments at your implant surgeon’s office. We strive for this to appear effortless, but it only happens because of the excellent communication between your implant surgeon’s office and our office.
The final and most rewarding step of implant treatment is the delivery of your final restoration. It is very common to use a semi-permanent or temporary cement to secure your final implant crown or bridge to your dental implant. This will allow future access to your restoration for maintenance and treatment of any possible future problems.