The Dental Implant Process
There are three components to a dental implant: the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. When receiving your dental implants, you’ll go through a three-step process that will span over the course of a few months. Your treatment will include the following steps:
- Initial consultation– During your first visit with Dr. Burke, he’ll perform a 3d scan of your bone, teeth, and jaw to determine if implants are right for you. Some patients may need a supplemental procedure, like a bone graft, to prepare for implant placement. From there, Dr. Burke will answer any questions you may have before developing your customized treatment plan.
- Implant placement– Dr. Burke will place your titanium implant fixture, made from a durable biocompatible material, directly into your jaw, where it will heal and fuse itself into the jawbone. The bones in your jaw will develop a strong connection with the fixture through the osseointegration process. This process can take anywhere from three to six months.
- Final restoration– Once you’ve completed the healing process, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Burke will complete the last step of your treatment. Dr. Burke will complete the implant process by attaching the middle section, called the abutment, and topping it off with an attractive porcelain crown. We use a color guide to make sure your crown blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.