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How Dental Implants Work - Longview, TX

Restore a Complete Smile Today

A dental implant is unique from any other treatment because it rebuilds the tooth from the root up. How a dental implant works involve 3 key components: a titanium implant post, an abutment, and a restoration. The process of recreating your tooth will occur in several steps. Here’s what you can expect while on your journey to a complete smile.

Initial Consultation

Model showing how dental implants work.

You’ll need a thorough consultation to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Most patients who have good oral and general health can benefit from them, but Dr. Stoddard will need to perform an extensive examination to look for any indicators that might cause complications. Besides a visual exam, he will also review a CT scan of your jaw to look for any hidden issues, like infection or bone loss. Based on the results, you may need additional procedures before moving forward with your placement surgery, like periodontal therapy or bone grafting.

Dental Implant Placement Surgery

Woman at dental implant consultation.

After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your implant placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure you’re comfortable during your procedure. Your gum tissue is opened to access your jawbone. A small hole is strategically drilled into it to insert the post. Once the post is in place, your gum tissue is sutured closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.

Osseointegration and Abutments

Model of dental implant post acting as a root.

The implant post acts as a root, stimulating your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Your jaw will fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration. After your bone has healed, your dental implant can stay in place forever with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.

When you’re ready to move on to the next step in your plan, you’ll need to undergo a second procedure to attach an abutment to your post. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the post to affix the special fixture that connects your restoration to the implant.

Restoration Process

Digital image of an abutment.

It will take a couple of weeks to heal from your procedure. In the meantime, the dental lab will be designing and creating your restoration from all-ceramic material. It will be made to match the appearance of any remaining natural teeth to blend in when you smile, so no one will know it isn’t real.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Model of a restoration on a dental implant.

If you’re ready to enjoy a permanent solution to treat a missing tooth, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants.