The process usually takes a few appointments over a period of 3-6 months. First, you’ll come in for an initial consultation, and Dr. Antoun will decide whether or not you’re a good candidate for an implant. If Dr. Antoun decides an implant is right for you, he will take images, impressions, and 3D x-rays to begin planning the implant placement procedure. He will also scan your mouth using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) technology to ensure precise placement.
At your next appointment, your implant will be placed. Dr. Antoun will clean and numb your mouth, then place the titanium implant directly into your gum and jaw tissue, based on your treatment plan. The area will be cleaned, sanitized and sutured shut, and you’ll be sent home to heal. It only takes about 2 weeks to recover completely from the initial implant process, but it takes about 3-6 months for your implant to permanently bond with your jaw bone.
You’ll come in for a follow-up so that Dr. Antoun can check your progress. At this time, he will take images and impressions of your teeth, and send them to a dental lab where your crown will be made.
Once your mouth has completely healed, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. Dr. Antoun will attach your crown to the dental implant, completing the procedure and restoring your smile.