What is the process for getting a dental implant?
The process for getting dental implants takes place in a number of steps over a period of several months, beginning with an examination by Dr. Harlow at our Charlotte, NC practice. He will be able to assess whether or not your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants without further treatment such as bone grafting.
Once you are given the green light for dental implants, your dentist will plan the precise placement of the dental implant post then surgically place it into your jawbone. Most people heal quickly from this surgery and experience very little discomfort.
What will the recovery phase be like?
Over the next three to six months, your jawbone will heal, and the implant will permanently integrate into place. After the healing process is complete, your dentist will place the abutment onto the implant. This is where the replacement tooth—the dental crown—will be attached to the implant. At this point, if your jawbone is completely healed, the dental crown is placed on the abutment, and the process is completed.
Dental implants are considered the best replacement for missing teeth, and with proper care, you can expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime.
Be sure to contact us with any questions and to schedule an appointment!