What to expect from the dental implants process

Pittsford, NY area patients who are deciding on a treatment for tooth loss or extraction will find that dentists in the community have a wide range of options to choose from, including partial dentures, full dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. However, the growth and interest in dental implants continues to overshadow other tooth replacement options, and for good reason! Dental implants can be a lifelong solution to missing teeth, and their versatility and natural appearance make them the most desirable choice. At DeStefano Dentistry, Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano consults with patients who are I need of tooth replacement options and finds that many are appropriate candidates for implants.

How does an implant work? 

The implant itself is a titanium post that looks like a very small hardware screw. It is placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw. It functions as a tooth root replacement and becomes one with the jaw. The implant last a lifetime for patients who take good care of it and maintain their regular evaluations with their dental team at DeStefano Dentistry. 

What are the steps in the dental implants process? 

Patients ready for dental implants may be excited to learn about the ways in which their smiles are transformed. Below is a breakdown of the various steps of the dental implant process from start to finish: 

  • Consultation and examination. First, Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano wants to ensure patients are proper candidates for dental implants. X-rays are taken to plan the procedure as well.
  • Placement of the implant. Oral surgery is scheduled to place the implant into the jawbone during a single procedure.
  • Healing and recovery. The dental implant needs time to integrate into the bone of the jaw through a process known as osseointegration. This can take a few months, but is worth the wait!
  • Restoration. An abutment is placed over the dental implant and used to hold a dental crown in place to finish the process.

How do I find out more about dental implants? 

Patients of the Pittsford, NY area who are interested in learning more about dental implants and finding out if they are a proper solution for their needs are advised to book a consultation visit with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano by calling (585) 248-2383. The office, located at 600 Kreag Road, proudly accepts new and established patients and families in the community and surrounding areas.

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