The Dental Implant Procedure

The Dental Implant Procedure

Posted by Alexi Kossi on Jun 22 2024, 10:47 PM

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots made of biocompatible materials, usually titanium, surgically inserted into the jawbone to support artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. They provide a stable foundation that mimics natural teeth, offering several benefits. Implants enhance oral function by restoring chewing ability and speech clarity while preserving facial structure and preventing bone loss that can occur with missing teeth. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, implants are durable and integrate with the jawbone, promoting long-term oral health. Ideal candidates for dental implants are generally in good overall health, with sufficient jawbone density to support the implant and healthy gums free of periodontal disease. A thorough evaluation by the dentist in Santa Clarita, CA, is essential to determine candidacy, discuss treatment options, and ensure personalized care for successful implantation and restoration of a natural-looking smile.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most commonly used dental implant in Santa Clarita, CA. They consist of small titanium screws or cylinders that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. These implants are artificial tooth roots and provide a sturdy foundation for attaching single crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. After placement, a healing period allows the jawbone to fuse with the implants in osseointegration, ensuring stability and strength. Endosteal implants are preferred for patients with adequate jawbone density and volume to support the implants without additional procedures like bone grafting. Contact us today to learn more.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants, beneficial when a patient has insufficient bone height or volume for traditional implants and cannot undergo bone augmentation procedures. These implants have a custom-made metal framework placed under the gum tissue but above the jawbone. During the procedure, the framework is positioned over the jawbone, and as the gums heal, it becomes fixed to the bone. Posts attached to the framework protrude through the gums, providing stable anchors for artificial teeth. While less commonly used today due to advances in bone grafting techniques, subperiosteal implants remain an option for patients with specific bone structure challenges.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning

The process begins with an initial consultation with our dentist at Smile City Dental Group. During this visit, our dental professional will:

  • Assess Oral Health: Evaluate your teeth, gums, and oral health. X-rays or CT scans may be taken to assess bone density and determine the optimal placement of implants.
  • Discuss Treatment Goals: Understand your specific dental concerns, goals for treatment, and expectations regarding the outcome.
  • Create a Treatment Plan: Develop a personalized treatment plan that outlines the number of implants needed, the type of implants suitable for your case, and any necessary preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting if required.

Surgical Placement of Implants

Once the treatment plan is finalized and you're ready for the procedure, the surgical placement of dental implants follows:

  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is typically administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed. Sedation options may also be available for patients who are anxious or undergoing more complex procedures.
  • Incision and Implant Placement: The dentist or oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. They use specialized drills and instruments to create a space in the bone where the implant will be placed.
  • Implant Placement: The titanium implant fixture, which resembles a small screw or cylinder, is carefully placed into the prepared site in the jawbone. Sometimes, a healing abutment may be attached to the implant to facilitate gum tissue healing and shape it for future restoration.


Following implant placement, a critical phase known as osseointegration begins:

  • Healing Period: Over the next few months, the jawbone naturally fuses with the implant's surface. This process, known as osseointegration, ensures the implant becomes securely anchored in the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
  • Temporary Restoration: Depending on the implant's location and individual circumstances, a temporary crown, bridge, or denture may be placed to maintain aesthetics and function during the healing phase.

Abutment Placement and Final Restoration

Once osseointegration is complete and the implant has integrated with the jawbone:

  • Abutment Placement: The gum tissue is reopened to expose the implant, and an abutment (connector) is attached. The abutment serves as the foundation for securing the final restoration.
  • Final Restoration: Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture securely attached to the abutment. The restoration is designed to match your natural teeth' shape, size, and color, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile.

Follow-Up and Maintenance

After the final restoration is placed, our dentist will provide instructions on:

  • Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits, are crucial to maintaining the health of your implants and surrounding teeth.
  • Monitoring: Scheduled follow-up appointments allow our dentist to monitor the stability and health of your implants, ensuring long-term success.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Avoiding habits such as smoking and maintaining a balanced diet can contribute to the longevity of your dental implants.

The dental implant procedure is a comprehensive treatment option for replacing missing teeth. It offers stability, functionality, and aesthetic benefits that resemble natural teeth. Visit Smile City Dental Group at 19366 Soledad Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91351, or call (661) 252-8888 to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and improve your oral health. 

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