Some patients may assume that the dental implant procedure is long and complicated, requiring several visits over the course of many months. In fact, a complete procedure only entails a few visits over four to six months, or less, and is completed with just a few simple steps. Join Dr. Armin Abron and our team here in Washington, DC as we explore the steps towards a complete smile with dental implants.
The first step in researching any surgical operation is to consult with a professional with years of experience in the field. Here in Washington, DC, Dr. Armin Abron is one such provider with the skills and dedication to have successfully placed thousands of implants over his career so far. During a consultation with Dr. Abron, you’ll have your oral health evaluated and have your most pressing questions answered. You’ll also be assessed for candidacy for additional treatments, such as bone grafting, gum augmentation, etc., but only if necessary to the success of your implant.
These additional procedures are designed to assist the dental implant and your jawbone, increasing the chances for a swift recovery and more durable osseointegration. Bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, sinus grafts, and more are meant to restore jawbone volume in preparation for implant placement. Having one of these treatments, may temporarily prolong your treatment, but many of the simplified bone grafts can be applied at the same time as the first fixture placement.
The implant fixture is the first piece of the implant to be placed into the jawbone. It’s positioned in the socket left behind by the missing tooth, and below the gum line. After placement, the gums are restored on top of the fixture and osseointegration begins to take effect on the titanium fixture. This is not an instant process, and can take anywhere from weeks to months to complete. Once osseointegration has been completed, the abutment will be placed in preparation for the restoration. At this time, Dr. Abron may affix a temporary crown to the abutment until your permanent restoration is completed.
This last piece of your dental implant is a specially-designed crown, created to mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth. They’re even colored to match the shade of the rest of your smile. What’s more you won’t have to worry about discoloration, as these crowns are stain-resistant. Dr. Abron will work closely with you to ensure that the crown is to your satisfaction in appearance and feel.
This step is just as vital to the success of your dental implant as the placement. During this recovery period, pay attention to any and all instructions from Dr. Abron and our team. This way, your dental implant can successfully undergo osseointegration without any risk of infection or failure. We also recommend that you stick to a soft food diet, including soups, dairy, eggs, or other palatable choices. If you have questions about other food options, feel free to contact us for advice.
If you have recently received dental implants and have questions or are interested in receiving implants, feel free to contact us. We proudly serve Washington, DC patients and beyond, and will be happy to schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Armin Abron.
Dr. Amrin Abron
1712 I Street, NW
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