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How Dental Implants Work - Cambridge, OH | Marietta, OH

Understanding the Implant Process

Now that you know the basics of dental implants, you may be looking for more information about how they actually work. It’s a pretty straightforward process that takes place over the course of two phases: initial placement and final restoration. With all the latest technology housed right here in our office, implant dentist Dr. Lee can complete the entire procedure in-house — eliminating the need for referrals and making the experience far easier on you. Keep reading to learn just how the procedure works!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dental implant consultation

Before we can begin on your dental implant treatment plan, we need to understand your health history and oral anatomy. During an initial dental implant consultation, you and Dr. Lee will discuss your oral and overall health as it relates to dental implants. Smokers or patients who have been missing teeth for a long time may need to have certain precautions taken to increase the chances of success. Special scans taken with a unique type of CT scanner help Dr. Lee to plan out the treatment — ensuring proper implant placement when the time comes.

The Procedure

parts of dental implant If you need to have a bone graft to make the jaw bone stronger before dental implants can be placed, Dr. Lee will recommend this after the initial consultation. If not, you can skip straight to the procedure. It can take weeks or months for the jaw to heal after a bone graft.

Once the jaw bone is strong and able to support dental implants, it is time to place the dental implants. Dr. Lee will open up the gums and place the dental implant(s) according to the treatment plan. You will be comfortably sedated throughout this process to ensure you remain at-ease.

Dental Implant Osseointegration and Abutment

man smiling After the dental implants have been placed, the important healing phase begins. This is when the magic happens — the titanium implant posts promote bone growth, which helps the jaw actually fuse together with the dental implants (a process called osseointegration). The end result is dental implants that are united with your bone, just like real teeth roots.

It takes around four to six months for osseointegration to occur. Once it has, you will return to our office for your abutments. These are hook-like coverings that go on top of the dental implant posts. They help to secure the crown or bridge that will complete the process.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

restoring dental implant After the abutments have been placed, the fun begins! Dr. Lee can now place your dental implant restorations — or the visible teeth that will help you speak, smile, and eat just like you were used to doing before tooth loss.

The type of restoration you receive depends on how many teeth you have lost. An individual crown is appropriate for single tooth loss or several teeth lost from different areas of the mouth. For more significant tooth loss, you may receive an implant-supported bridge or denture. No matter what the right solution is for you, one thing is for sure — you can now look forward to a sturdy, viable tooth replacement that will last for years to come with proper care.