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The Road of The In-Between Stage of Dental Implants 


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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants helps you understand the in-between stages of dental implants

Here at Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we understand the transformative power of a confident smile. Missing teeth can impact not only your appearance but also your ability to eat and speak comfortably. Dental implants offer a permanent solution, restoring both function and aesthetics.


However, the dental implant process involves multiple stages, and you might be wondering: what happens in between? This blog post is dedicated to guiding you through the in-between period, from tooth extraction (if necessary) to the placement of your permanent crown.


Understanding the Implant Timeline

The in-between stage can vary depending on your individual needs and healing time. Generally, the entire implant process can take anywhere from four to eight months. Here's a breakdown of the key steps:

  • Consultation and Planning: This is where we assess your jawbone health, discuss your treatment goals, and create a personalized plan. X-rays and CT scans will be used to determine the best placement for your implants.

  • Tooth Extraction (if needed): If a tooth needs to be removed to make space for the implant, this will be done during the initial stages.

  • Implant Placement: Under local anesthesia, a small incision is made in the gum tissue, and the implant (a small titanium post) is surgically placed into the jawbone.

  • Healing Period: This is a crucial stage where the jawbone fuses with the implant. It's essential to allow sufficient time for this osseointegration process to occur for a strong and stable foundation for your new tooth. The healing period typically lasts two to six months.


So, Will I Be Completely Without Teeth During This Time?

Not necessarily! Here at Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we prioritize minimizing any disruption to your daily life. Depending on your specific situation, we can offer temporary solutions to keep your smile whole while your implants integrate with the jawbone.

Options for Temporary Solutions:

  • Immediate Load Implants: In some cases, with proper bone density, it may be possible to place temporary crowns on the implants right after surgery. These temporary crowns are not permanent but can provide immediate aesthetic and functional benefits.

  • Removable Dentures: These custom-made dentures can replace missing teeth and restore your ability to chew and speak. They're removable for cleaning and can be a good option for multiple missing teeth.

  • Flippers: These are temporary partial dentures that can replace one or a few missing teeth. They're often a more affordable option and are typically made of acrylic.


Your Options Will Be Discussed During Your Consultation

The best temporary solution for you will be determined during your consultation. We will consider factors like the number of missing teeth, your jawbone health, budget, and desired level of functionality.


Caring for Your Smile During the In-Between Stage

Whether you have temporary teeth or are healing without them, proper oral hygiene is crucial during this period.

  • Meticulous Brushing: Brush your remaining teeth and any temporary dentures gently but thoroughly twice a day.

  • Flossing: Continue flossing around your natural teeth to remove food particles and plaque.

  • Cleaning Temporary Dentures: Follow the specific instructions provided for cleaning your temporary dentures.

  • Dietary Modifications: While your jawbone heals, you may need to stick to a soft diet to avoid putting undue stress on the implant site.

  • Regular Follow-Up Appointments: Schedule regular checkups with us to monitor healing and ensure everything progresses smoothly.


The Reward: A Smile You Can Be Proud Of

The in-between stage may require some adjustments, but it's a temporary phase leading to a long-lasting solution. Once the healing period is complete, we can place your permanent crown, restoring a beautiful, functional smile you can confidently show off!


Smile Stop Dentures & Implants: Your Partner in a Brighter Future

At Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, we are dedicated to providing exceptional dental implant care with a focus on patient comfort and satisfaction. We understand the importance of clear communication throughout the process. We will address any questions or concerns you may have.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss if dental implants are the right solution for your smile journey. Let's work together to create a treatment plan that gets you back to a confident, radiant smile!


Read more about dental implants from Smile Stop Dentures & Implants, click here.

 

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918-446-0128 (Tulsa)

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TULSA OFFICE

Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


BARTLESVILLE OFFICE

John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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