By Moy Dental
November 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
The entire dental implant procedure can be daunting, but the professional team at Moy Dental is here to walk you through the entire process so that you can decide if cosmetic dentistry in San Leandro, CA is the right choice for you.
Doctor’s Diagnosis
First, Dr. Moy must take a look at your mouth and the desired implantation site and assess whether dental implants are a viableDental Implants option for you. He will let you know whether he believes your jawbone can support an implant, and if your bite and overall oral healthDental Implants and habits make you a good candidate for the procedure. The diagnostic procedure may require x-rays.
Placing the Implant
After Dr. Moy determines that his San Leandro dental implants are right for you, he and his team must place the implant. This routine out-patient procedure usually just requires local anesthesia, though nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous (IV) fluids may be used in special cases. After being anesthetized, Dr. Moy will drill into the bone, making a small hole. He will then place the dental implant beneath the gum, flush with the bone. There is no open wound, so there is usually minimal discomfort post-procedure.
Placing the Abutment
There are two different ways the next steps can go. In both, Dr. Moy will allow your bone to accept and integrate the implant over two to three months. In a two-stage procedure, he will next place the abutment. The oral health team at Moy Dental will remove the small part of gum that has grown over the implant in order to install the healing abutment, a post onto which the crown will be placed. You will then be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the abutment. Sometimes this step of installing the abutment can be combined with the initial implant surgery, a one-stage procedure.
Placing the Crown
Once your gum has healed over the abutment, your custom crown can finally be placed. You can enjoy the beauty and function of your new smile, knowing your dental implant was made to last.
Dr. Moy and his caring staff at Moy Dental are happy to provide you with more information about San Leandro, CA cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. They want you to be as informed about your decisions as possible so you know you’re making the right one. For any questions, give us a call today.