The Dental Implant Procedure In Florissant
The first step in the teeth implants procedure is to work with us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant near St Louis to develop an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Buchheit will consult with you to address your specific needs and determine the best plan of action for your dental implants.
The actual tooth implant procedure requires a number of visits to our office over several months. X-rays and impressions are first taken of your jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for your tooth implant.
During a later visit, your mouth will be numbed and the tooth root implant, which is a small titanium post, will be surgically placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth.
Teeth implants procedure requires a healing period of up to six months to allow the tooth implant to anchor itself into the bone and heal. The bone tissue will need time to build up and firmly anchor to the implant device. Some types of tooth implant procedures will require a second surgery to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. Other types of dental implants allow the post and anchor to be placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, once the tooth implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to the post to securely host the new teeth. Then your artificial teeth will be custom made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. We will make impressions of your mouth and create a model of your bite to capture your teeth placement, type and arrangement. Your new teeth will be based on this model. We will also match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Your replacement teeth, called crowns, will then be attached to the abutment. This step in the tooth implant procedure may take one to two months to complete because several fittings may be required.
After a final healing period, your artificial teeth will be securely attached to the implants and you will be able to enjoy the excellent stability and comfort of your new dental implant. You will receive care instructions when your teeth implants procedure is complete. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular visits to either of our offices in Florissant or Chesterfield MO will lengthen the life of your new implant.
Most patients experience very little discomfort during the tooth implant procedure. Local anesthesia and sedation are both available during the procedure and most patients say that their teeth implants procedure was less painful than a standard tooth extraction. After the tooth implant procedure, mild gum soreness occur and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
At Koch Park Dental, we can both place and restore dental implants. We also offer the All-On-4 (teeth in a day) and other implant supported dentures. Contact us in Florissant or Chesterfield MO to schedule a consultation!