The Single-Tooth Implant Procedure at Keep Smiling Columbus
Implant Consultation & Planning
At your initial dental implant consultation, Dr. Latif will perform comprehensive oral health evaluations and take digital scans and x-rays of the jawbone area. A 3D CBCT scan allows a detailed analysis of the anatomy. Using computer dental implant modeling software, Dr. Latif then plans optimal dental implant positioning and dimensions.
Tooth Extraction (If Necessary)
If there’s a non-restorable tooth in the planned implant site, Dr. Latif will gently extract it after your consultation. He’ll delicately elevate the tooth and clean the gum tissue and socket completely to disinfect it. Extraction sites generally take eight to 12 weeks to heal before the implant placement surgery.
Bone Grafting (If Necessary)
Next, Dr. Latif will evaluate your jaw to determine whether you need bone grafting to augment any thin jawbone areas. Your Columbus dentist will precisely place bone grafting material into the socket to build the bone structure. It takes several months for full integration into the native bone to solidly support the implant.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once we’ve prepared your mouth for the procedure, we can begin the dental implant surgery. Dr. Latif will numb the area with local anesthetic and make a small incision to access the jawbone. He’ll then insert the implant into the pre-planned optimal position. A cover screw seals the implant for the three-to-six-month healing period while it integrates with the bone. You’ll also wear a temporary healing crown to protect your implant site.
Abutment & Crown Attachment
We’ll next attach the abutment and fabricate the custom crown. Dr. Latif will cement the crown onto the abutment, completing the single-tooth restoration. You can now enjoy a functional, natural-looking implant that can last decades with proper care.