Implant Case Study
While Fox Valley Dental takes care of general and orthodontic needs, did you know Dr. Olsen does implants as well? Part of our office’s goal of being a one-stop-shop for your dental destination means we do many procedures in-house. One of our patients allowed us to photograph their progress with an implant on tooth number 9.
Our first steps in getting an implant usually involves extracting the tooth, unless it has been removed (or fallen out) in some other way. Removing a tooth and replacing it with an implant can be done for many reasons, whether that be decay, damage, or the tooth just never erupted. In our patient’s case, the tooth was mobile and previously had a root canal done on it. Dr. Olsen extracted the tooth and placed an implant. In some cases, a bone graft will be placed at the same time. A bone graft is putty-like material that helps build bone around the implant if there’s any bone loss. In our patient’s case, he did not need one.
Once the implant is placed, it’s important to be sure everything has healed before placing the crown. On average, this takes 4-6 months. Between that time, we try to make 2-3 healing check appointments to ensure the implant is healing properly. Some patients take longer to heal, but the periodic appointments are scheduled so we can be aware of our timeline. Our case study patient took around six months to heal.
Once everything has healed, the patient comes back for a 3-D scan, essentially a digital impression that is sent to the lab so an abutment and crown can be made. An abutment is the part that screws into the implant and allows the crown to sit like the rest of the teeth. Getting the abutment and crown back from the lab takes around three weeks, and then we can insert it. Our patient was thrilled with the final results!