At Central Texas Dental Care, we’ve designed the dental implant process to be all about you. We want you to have the best experience and outcome possible, so we personalize each step to fit your needs. Learn more about what you can expect from the dental implant process at our Hewitt, TX practice.
Your Initial Consultation
Start your dental implant journey by visiting us for a consultation with one of our implant dentists. During this visit, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the dental implant process. Your dentist will explain all of the available tooth replacement options and help you decide which one is right for you.
Your comprehensive consultation will also include a full examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
Your Customized Treatment Plan
Your dentist will use the information gathered during your initial consultation and examination to create your individualized treatment plan. Depending on your unique needs, your treatment plan may include some or all of the following steps:
- Supplemental treatments will be performed, if necessary, before your implant placement. They’re designed to prepare your teeth, gums, and jawbone to support an implant and help ensure a successful outcome.
- Your dental implants will be placed once any required supplemental treatments have been completed. In some cases, your restoration–crown, bridge, or full-arch denture–may be attached to your implants during this appointment. In other cases, your dentist may determine you’d benefit from an additional healing period.
- During the healing period, your jawbone will fuse with the implant fixture in a process called osseointegration. This process is essential to the short and long-term success of your dental implants.
- Your final restoration will be placed once healing is complete and osseointegration has taken place, unless it was already attached during your initial procedure.
Advanced Technology for a Streamlined Process
We incorporate the latest technology to make your dental implant process as accurate, efficient, and convenient as possible. Our office features a digital x-ray unit and intraoral camera for examining your oral health, and an in-house milling machine for same-day restorations. We also combine special implant planning software and an in-house surgical guide system, saving you time and money during your dental implant treatment.
Sedation Dentistry for Your Dental Implant Procedure
We’re happy to offer sedation dentistry to patients at our office near Waco. Sedation options including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation are especially beneficial to patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist or for those undergoing procedures such as dental implant placement. With sedation, you can feel calm and relaxed throughout your dental visits.
If you’d like to have sedation during your dental implant procedures, let us know during your initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the dental implant process take?
The time it takes to receive dental implants varies from patient to patient and depends on their individual needs. Factors such as how many implants are being placed and the need for preliminary procedures will affect the length of the implant process. During your consultation, we’ll determine your needs and establish a timeline based on the state of your oral health.
Can a dental implant be placed on the same day as extraction?
This typically depends on the condition of the jawbone, the extraction site, and your overall health. Many patients are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted and a dental implant placed during the same appointment. For others, bone loss may be an issue requiring a preparatory procedure before their implant surgery. Scheduling an appointment with our implant dentists will help determine your candidacy for same day implants.
How much time do I need to take off work for dental implants?
Recovery time will vary by patient, but we recommend staying home from work the day after your surgery to allow swelling and soreness to alleviate. It’s also important to take it easy for at least a week following your procedure. Make sure to avoid tough foods, strenuous activities, drinking alcohol, and smoking so your body can heal quickly.