THE DENTAL IMPLANT TIMELINE: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR TREATMENT
If you’re interested in dental implants in Redmond from Dr. Daniel Bickel, you may be wondering what to expect from your treatment at Redmond Art of Dentistry. Read on to explore the dental implant process and timeline, and learn everything you need to know.
1. GET YOUR IMPLANT CONSULTATION
The first thing you’ll have to do to get dental implants is come to Redmond Art of Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Daniel Bickel. He will perform a comprehensive oral exam with x-rays, and ensure that implants are right for you. If he approves you for treatment, he’ll begin building your treatment plan immediately.
(optional) undergo pre-treatment surgery
In some cases, you may need additional treatments before your implants can be placed, including tooth extractions, bone ridge smoothing (alveoloplasty) or bone grafting to strengthen your jaw. If you need one or more of these treatments, Dr. Bickel will incorporate them into your treatment plan.
2. HAVE YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT PLACED
Your implant will be placed at your next appointment. Dr. Bickel will clean and numb the treatment area, open a small hole in the jaw and gum tissue, and place your implant. Then, the area will be cleaned and sewn shut to promote healing, and you’ll be sent home with a set of recovery instructions.
3. HEAL & RECOVER FROM YOUR SURGERY
It will take you about 2 weeks to heal from your initial surgery. However, it will take between 3-6 months for the implant to permanently bond with and attach to your jaw bone. You will come into Redmond Art of Dentistry for a few follow-up appointments during this time to check your progress.
4. FOLLOW UP TO HAVE YOUR IMPLANT RESTORATION BUILT
At your follow-up appointments, Dr. Bickel will begin taking impressions and images of your teeth once your implant has mostly healed. This information will be sent out to our partner dental lab, where a qualified technician will build your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown or bridge.
5. GET AN ABUTMENT ATTACHED TO YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT
A few weeks before your final appointment, you’ll need to have an “abutment” attached to your implant. This abutment is responsible for connecting the implant and the implant-supported restoration, and locking it in place.
6. COME IN FOR YOUR FINAL APPOINTMENT TO RESTORE YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT
Once your abutment has been placed and your mouth has fully healed and recovered, you’ll visit Dr. Bickel for your final appointment. He will check your implant-supported restoration to make sure it fits. If everything looks good and no adjustments are needed, he will then bond it into place permanently, restoring your smile.
FIND OUT IF YOU’RE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANTS TODAY!
Ready to get started with dental implants? As an experienced implant dentist in Redmond, Dr. Daniel Bickel is here to help. To find out if implants are right for you, just give us a call at (425) 386-7599 or contact us online to make your appointment.