One thing that may be holding you back from getting dental implants is not knowing what to expect. To make it easier for you to make the decision and to make you more aware of the implant process, here is a brief breakdown of what happens if you decide to get dental implants in Kennewick, WA.

 ·         Dental implants are not for everyone. A consultation is required beforehand. However, individuals who are good candidates generally have good oral health.
 ·         Any damaged teeth that are being replaced must be removed first. This is often done by extraction. However, one does not need to have damaged teeth in order to get implants. The teeth that are being replaced may have fallen out or may have been removed long ago.
 ·         The jawbone is carefully inspected for signs of bone loss before any bone grafting takes place. Bone grafting is done to help prepare the jaw area for the implants. After the bone grafting process is done, the jaw area must heal before the dentist can proceed to the next step of the process.
 ·         Once the jaw has healed from the grafting surgery, the dentist will surgically install special metal components into your jaw bone. These structures are necessary for the placement of the abutments and dental implants, which will occur after a recovery period of several weeks to a few months.

On average, the complete dental implant process takes approximately three to nine months to complete. In some cases, it may take longer depending on the amount of bone grafting work that is required. Placement of the implants themselves is not the reason why it takes so much time to complete the process. The jaw area must heal properly in order for the implants to be successful.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, you need to see a general dentist for a consultation. Contact A Family Dental Center at 844-834-9917 to schedule anappointment with Dr. Andrew Mohlman.