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How Dental Implants Work – Lakewood, CO

Learn More about the Dental Implant Process

Dental implants in Lakewood allow you to enjoy the next best thing to your natural teeth. As the most preferred solution to treat tooth loss, they have the potential to last for a lifetime; however, their treatment process is far different from conventional options. Although it may seem like an overwhelming process, you have nothing to fear. Each step of your treatment is vital to ensuring the long-term success of your new smile. By understanding how the process works, you can head into your treatment with confidence.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

In most cases, if you have missing teeth and good oral health, you are a candidate for dental implants, but you must undergo a consultation process. Dr. Vinnie performs a visual examination and takes diagnostic images, including a CT scan. This allows him to assess your oral structures to ensure you are a candidate for the treatment. Your medical and lifestyle history are also discussed to look for any factors that may influence the long-term success of your smile.

Dental Implant Surgery

The images taken during your consultation are used to pinpoint the exact location for the placement of your posts. To insert them into your jawbone, you must undergo a surgical procedure. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your oral surgeon opens your gum tissue to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it for each implant post to be placed. Your gum tissue is sutured closed and the healing process begins.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

The implant posts act as new tooth roots, which stimulates your jaw to encourage bone growth. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone fuses to the posts through a process called osseointegration. The new growth preserves your bone density while also allowing your dental implants to potentially remain in place forever with the right aftercare. After you have healed, your restorations will have the stable foundation they need to function like natural teeth. Before Dr. Vinnie can place your restorations, abutments are connected to the posts.

A minor surgical procedure is needed to attach the abutments to the posts, which are connector pieces between the implants and the restorations. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the heads of the posts to place the abutments. Your gum tissue heals around them to seal out bacteria while creating a natural-looking appearance.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

About 2 weeks after your abutments are placed, it is time for the final phase of your treatment. A digital impression of your mouth is used to carefully craft your restorations. They are made from all-ceramic material to give you a durable solution that looks natural. Your prosthetics are designed to meet your color, size, and shape needs to match the appearance of your real teeth, so no one will tell they are not your own.

Complete Your Smile Today!

If you are ready to start your journey to a complete smile, your dentist in Lakewood, Dr. Vinnie, explains the treatment process and takes the time to answer your questions. Get started today by contacting our office to schedule your consultation.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

The success of dental implants relies on a multi-phased treatment process. Each procedure lays the foundation to replace both the root and the crown with the next best thing to your natural teeth. During your initial consultation, Dr. Vinnie takes the time to explain each step and answers your questions to ensure you are confident about your decision to complete your smile.