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How Dental Implants Work – Southlake, TX

Your Path to a Restored Smile

dentist and assistant discussing how dental implants work in Southlake If you are thinking about getting your teeth replaced with dental implants, you have much to look forward to. Still, you may wonder what to expect on the path ahead of you. Below, you’ll find a general outline of the dental implant process from beginning to end. Keep in mind, however, that because each patient is unique, every person’s dental implant journey may vary slightly. When you visit Dr. Doctor to discuss tooth replacement, he will give you more specifics about the steps in front of you.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dentist with clipboard discussing dental implants with patient

During your first implant consultation, Dr. Doctor will examine your teeth. He may also use advanced imaging technology to get a look at your jawbone, as well as the nerves and connective tissues in your mouth.  Then, he will be able to tell you whether you are currently a candidate for dental implants or if you first need to undergo some preparatory treatment, such as bone graft. This consultation is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about dental implants, their benefits, their risks, and their cost.

Dental Implant Surgery

dentist preparing to place dental implant in patient’s bone

The dental implant surgery is when prosthetic tooth roots will be inserted into your jawbone. Dr. Doctor is a true dental implant expert, and he will perform the procedure with precision and gentleness. He begins the process by creating incisions in the gums. Then, he creates space in the bone for the implants before inserting them. After the incisions are closed, your body will begin the healing process. We offer multiple types of sedation to help patients remain as relaxed and comfortable as possible during their surgery.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

illustration of disassembled dental implant surrounded by natural teeth

Following your surgery, the soft tissue in your mouth should heal fairly quickly. However, it will take longer (months) for the bone to recover. During that time period, something remarkable will happen. Your bone will actually fuse to the dental implants. This process, known as osseointegration, is one of the main reasons why dental implants are so stable.

After osseointegration, you’ll undergo another minor surgery, wherein small connector pieces will be attached to the top of your dental implants. They’ll help to secure your crowns, bridge, or denture in place.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

happy young woman showing off new, implant-supported teeth

After you recover from the abutment procedure, you’ll receive artificial teeth to go on top of your implants. Dr. Doctor carefully designs these prosthetics so that their size and shape offer optimum functionally. He also takes into account your facial aesthetics so that your new teeth are the ideal color and that they are masculine or feminine enough to provide you with a pleasing, natural-looking appearance. After your new teeth are in place, you can go off and begin to enjoy all of the benefits that dental implants have to offer!