Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Implant?

May 24, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Beth Bowen

Few patients even given a thought about how to replace missing teeth until they face it themselves. Tooth loss can feel scary, frustrating, and uncertain. Dr. Wade Kifer is dedicated to helping our patients make the best choice for their health and appearance, taking the stress out of tooth loss and replacement. To that end, if you are facing dental extractions or have missing teeth, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental to schedule a consultation. We can answer all of your questions about tooth loss and your options for completing your smile.

Many patients are curious about dental implants because they are so convenient, reliable, and have numerous health and cosmetic benefits.

Here Is What You Can Expect When You Choose Dental Implants

Our patients love dental implants because they are stable, reliable, and look great. They do take some planning to ensure that your results are the best possible.

Step One: Evaluation and Planning

We must first determine if you have enough healthy bone to place a dental implant to replace your missing tooth or teeth. We will take x-rays, impressions, and use our modern E4D technology to gather the most accurate information regarding your dental implant treatment and the best location for your dental implant.

One of the benefits of E4D technology is that the images we capture are higher quality than just a flat x-ray. Our computer software gives us a realistic overview of your teeth, bone, and jaw function.

We also use 3-D digital impressions, helping us to avoid gooey, uncomfortable impression material that is easily distorted.

Step Two: Dental Implant Placement

We place your dental implant into the bone in your jaw. As it heals, it will integrate with your bone. This process can take about 3-4 months. While this may sound painful, it is a really well tolerated by our patients and they report feeling comfortable shortly after their procedure.

The integration process, while it takes a while, happens naturally over time. You won't even realize it is happening!

Step Three: Restoration of Your Dental Implant

The final step is placing a custom designed dental implant crown on your implant. It will match your other teeth, so that no one knows you have a dental implant.

For more information about dental implants in Fayetteville, contact Northwest Arkansas Family Dental. We can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

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