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How Dental Implants Work – Goode, VA

The Full Process of Receiving Dental Implants

3D illustration of implant, abutment, and crown

Dental implants have unique benefits that you simply cannot receive with other replacement options. The reason why dental implants have many advantages is the process in which they are placed. At Hendricks and White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we place and restore dental implants in Goode all under one roof, providing you with quality, convenient, and consistent care. Read on to learn everything that you need to know about the dental implant process.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

After scheduling a consultation with one of our highly-trained dentists, we will sit down with you to discuss your smile goals. Our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and the rest of your oral health. It’s vital to the success of your implants to correct any preexisting oral health issues before placing them. We will also check the size and strength of your jaw bone to see if it can accommodate your dental implants. We may recommend a bone graft if you have a weaker jawbone—a procedure that builds up and strengthens your jawbone, which allows us to place implants. After any treatments necessary have been conducted, we’ll schedule your surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

Implant surgery starts with your dentist in Bedford making small incisions in your gums to expose your jawbone. Then, they will carefully drill holes, where your implants will be placed. This process may sound painful, but we make sure our patients are relaxed and numb before beginning the procedure. Also, your jawbone doesn’t contain many pain-sensing nerves, which makes dental implant placement much more comfortable than you would think.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Once your implants are in place, we let the magic of the titanium happen. During about 3 to 6 months, your implants will become permanently fused to your jawbone to create a sturdy support with the potential to last a lifetime. Titanium is a biocompatible material that allows this osseointegration process to occur. While you wait, we will give you temporary crowns to wear that will help maintain the appearance of your smile until your implants have become fully integrated. Once your implants are completely healed, we will attach abutments, which are small connectors that fasten your permanent crown, bridge, or dentures. 

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

After your implants are in place and abutments are ready to go, you’ll receive your custom-made restoration. Whether you need a crown, bridge, or denture will depend on numerous factors, but it will be based mostly on the number of teeth that you’re missing. Our team will create a personalized restoration that seamlessly blends in with your natural smile or even fully restores it to its beautiful appearance and function. While this entire process may seem long, it’s completely worth it for a complete and beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.   

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