At Foothill Center for Dental Implants and Oral Surgery, we have a long-standing history of providing dental implants patients in Pasadena with the highest quality care. With our conveniently located modern facility in Pasadena, advanced dental technologies, and added efficiencies like dedicated Implant Coordinators, we are equipped and ready to serve you. Patients often want to know what’s involved in our dental implant procedures, so let’s take a closer look at what you can expect.

Your Initial Consultation

The first step for Pasadena dental implant patients is the initial consultation. During this stage, your dentist will do the following to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants:

  • Imaging: Cone Beam CTs or X-rays will be taken of your mouth. Impressions Digital scans of your teeth may also be taken for modeling purposes.
  • Analysis: Your dentist will analyze the area(s) of your mouth that are missing teeth and determine which type of replacement teeth is recommended for you.
  • Review: Your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you have no health conditions that could preclude you from being and implant treatment candidate.

Once this stage is completed, you will be referred to Dr. Chan for a thorough surgical evaluation.

Pre-Implant Surgical Evaluation

This stage is generally for the purpose of assessing the quantity and quality of your available jaw bone as well as determining the number of implants necessary for treatment. Pasadena dental implants patients require sufficient bone in order for implants to be placed, however, even if you don’t currently have enough bone, this doesn’t automatically disqualify you as a candidate. If you’ve lost a significant amount of bone due to bone resorption, the process that naturally occurs when teeth are no longer rooted in the bone and gums, bone grafts or bone creation may be employed to promote excellent esthetic and functional results.

During this phase, we often take 3D images of your teeth and jaws to gain more detailed information and craft an ideal treatment plan for you. Our office is equipped with the most current 3D imaging technologies available, allowing us easy access to this additional level of detail at this stage. Once your surgical evaluation is complete, we will develop a treatment plan specific to your individual needs.

Getting Your New Dental Implants

Implant Placement


After you’re under anesthesia, we utilize a gentle surgical technique to place the implants into your bone. In most cases, we don’t have to place the dental implants entirely under your gum tissue, thus eliminating a second surgical procedure.

Following placement, the dental implants are left alone for several weeks, during which time your bone remodels and forms a strong biological bond with them. You will be given temporary replacement teeth to use during this stage.

Abutment Attachment


After the bone-remodeling period has completed, an abutment, a small connector post, will be attached to each dental implant. These abutments are what your permanent replacement teeth will ultimately be connected to.

After the abutments are attached, impressions of your existing teeth and the abutments will be taken and the shade of your permanent replacements will be determined. You will also be given temporary replacement teeth to use during this stage.

Fabrication and Fitting of Replacement Teeth


Based on the information we supply, our laboratory technicians will fabricate your replacement teeth. Once they are complete, you’ll be invited back to the office for fitting. During this stage, your dentist will ensure an ideal fit of your permanent replacements with your neighboring teeth, then, lastly, attach them to the abutments.

For information on all dental implant procedures, please visit The Dental Implant Guide.

Considering Dental Implants in Pasadena? Dr. Christopher Chan Can Help

Are you looking for quality teeth replacements that last? Pasadena dental implant surgeon Dr. Christopher Chan and his team are here to help you through your treatment and afterward. If you’re considering dental implants but have more questions, we’re here to help. Call to schedule your consultation at (626) 792-3161 to schedule your consultation today.