Caton J. State, DDS - Periodontics & Dental Implants
The Implant Process
To ensure that the full process runs smoothly, a patient must follow a certain protocol on their journey to receive dental implants. As part of our process in CA, we consider how an implant might help the patient, as well as what pretreatment requirements might be required in order to ensure a successful outcome. This process is as follows:
Starting with a consultation between the patient and doctor, the journey towards a new smile begins. A consultation offers the opportunity to ask questions and to develop a plan that addresses the specific needs of the patient.
If it is discovered that the patient requires treatment, this must first be completed. Problems like gum disease, poor bone density, untreated injuries, or severely decayed teeth are all treatable and this step must be taken to ensure the patient is in the best condition prior to placement surgery.
After determining the mouth is healthy enough, the placement procedure will take place. The doctor first creates a small incision above the implant placement area. Through this opening, a titanium post will be inserted and anchored to the jawbone. The incision site will then be closed and left to heal for between three and six months.
After having enough time to integrate with the supporting bone structure, the implant post should be stable enough to place an abutment. An abutment acts as the connecting piece between the implant post and dental crown, connecting the entire appliance together.
Based on the patient and doctor’s consultation, a customized crown is built to match the patient’s preference for color, size, and shape. Once the crown is cemented or screwed into place, the patient will enjoy a strong, healthy, and appealing smile for a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Dental implants are truly a marvel of modern dentistry, coming as close as possible to truly replacing a natural tooth. With numerous benefits offered by this procedure, it’s hard to say that there could be anything better; however, implants aren’t the right choice for everyone. Are they right for you?
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I myself am petrified of dental offices. The sound of drilling and scraping sends my anxiety into overload. The doctor is all about the patient’s comfort. He is so very gentle, kind and puts your needs and comfort first. I would proudly refer any patient to his office for periodontal and gum surgery. Thank you to you and your team for making my time easy!
I had my first appointment with the doctor today and I couldn’t have been more pleased! He aligned my fears about my implant and explored a patient-centered treatment plan. He really is kind, gentle and caring. He took time to listen and completed a thorough exam. Many thanks to the doctor and his team for a great visit. I would highly recommend them for any periodontal needs.
I was referred to this doctor for a second opinion on whether my tooth needed to be extracted due to an underlying infection. I really wanted to save the tooth if at all possible and he was working with me to explore all the options. I walked away with a peace of mind that I was making the right decision. His team was friendly and amazing as well. Highly recommend him for a second opinion if your dentist recommends any gum treatment, extraction or implants.