Restore Your Smile in Three Easy Steps
Many patients assume that the dental implant process is complicated, but it’s actually simpler than you might expect. If you choose our practice for implants, Dr. Shlafer can restore your smile in just three steps.
Explore our guide to learn what each step of the process entails.
Step 1: Free Consultation
The first step of your implant treatment is scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Shlafer. During this meeting, he’ll thoroughly examine the state of your oral health and determine if implants are the best treatment option for you.
If you suffer from jawbone deterioration or gum recession, Dr. Shlafer can prepare you for implant surgery with a supplemental procedure. We offer bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation in-office for your convenience.
Step 3: Final Restoration
After your implant has fully integrated with your jawbone, you can return to our office for your permanent restoration. Dr. Shlafer will attach a small connecting piece called an abutment to your implant before topping it with a stunning porcelain crown.
For patients missing multiple teeth or a full arch, we can also provide implant-supported dentures. No matter which option you choose, Dr. Shlafer will customize your restoration to ensure it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is a necessary step in the dental implant process in which an artificial implant is permanently and surgically anchored into the jaw bone. It then integrates into the bone and grows into the implant for a stable, reliable foundation for your new restoration. Without osseointegration, the dental implant would not heal successfully for long-lasting results.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
Generally, the dental implant process requires two surgical procedures and can take anywhere from six to eight months. This is dependent on several factors, such as the number of implants placed and whether a supplemental procedure is required.
The only way to get an accurate timeline of your treatment plan is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shlafer. He’ll review your medical history, examine your oral health, and create a customized treatment plan with a detailed outline of your procedures.