Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. In order to determine candidacy for implants, Dr. Lobato considers a number of requirements his patients should pass to have the highest possible success rate. When an implant is recommended for tooth replacement, the following action is taken:
- Your damaged or decayed teeth must be extracted, and a bone graft must be performed (two to four months of healing required).
- Evaluation after extraction and healing period to determine your jaw health.
- Candidacy referral for CBCT scan (one to two weeks of healing required). Imaging scan of the area to be implanted. Dr. Lobato takes implant impressions based on results.
- Conference with Dr. Lobato for implant evaluation. Dr. Lobato will explain your individual bone level density and anatomy and how your nerves and sinuses might play a role in the success of your implants.
- Referral for additional consultations with doctors based on candidacy and bone levels.
After these steps, implant procedure steps will be determined if you are a candidate. If no other referrals are required, Dr. Lobato will order a surgical guide that will show him precisely where to place the dental implant. Afterward, the steps are typically as follows:
- Dental implant(s) placement under oral sedation (two to four months of healing required).
- Uncover implant(s) and place abutment (a metal stud that holds the implant on the jaw surface) in the gums that will hold the implant in place (about one month of healing).
- Place an impression for the final abutment, crown, or prosthesis (about three weeks for impression to finalize).
- Place final crown or prosthesis. If any adjustments are necessary, they will be made about one month after finishing the process. Dr. Lobato’s standard of care is to perform implant surgery only with full diagnostic information, and he will offer consultations during the entire process.