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How Dental Implants Work – Dayton, OH

Behind the Scenes of an Amazing Tooth Replacement

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If you’re wondering about how dental implants work in Dayton, you’ve come to the right place. We want all of our patients to have the information they need before beginning treatment, which is why we have included all you need to know about the process. Unlike many dentists who have to refer their patients to specialists for this treatment, we place and restore dental implants at the same location where you can receive checkups and cleanings. Read on to learn more about the implant procedure.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step for receiving dental implants is your initial consultation, where we will ensure that dental implants are right for you. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your smile, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the strength of your jawbone. In some cases, we may need to provide bone grafting to fortify the jaw. It’s important to know that any preexisting issues like gum disease will need to be treated before we can place your implants.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Before beginning surgery, we will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable. Then, we will create small incisions in your gums for the placement of dental implants. Once we can access your bone, tiny holes will be made, where we will place the dental implants. The length of your surgery and number of appointments required will directly depend on the number of dental implants you’re getting.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

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Once your dental implants have been placed, you will begin a healing process called osseointegration. Dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to fuse to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your body. This process takes at least 3 to 4 months, but this osseointegration is exactly what allows you to enjoy dental implants for a lifetime with proper care. Once this process is complete, we will place abutments, which are small attachments that accommodate your restorations.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

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Once your dental implants have completely healed, and we have attached your abutments, you’ll come back into our office for your restorations. We will take impressions of your smile to create custom-made crowns, bridges, or dentures, which are mounted on top of your implants. Then, all that’s left for you to do is to walk out of our office with a beautiful and strong smile.

If you have any questions, contact our office to speak with our friendly front desk staff!