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How Dental Implants Work – Richardson, TX

Prepare for Complete Smile Restoration

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Before you begin the complex process of replacing one or more teeth with a dental implant supported crown, bridge, or denture, we will walk you through the entire treatment plan step by step to help you fully prepare for this smile transformation process. Part of our initial consultation will be planning out the process, including timeline and pricing. While every patient’s tooth replacement plan is different, you can find some of the basics below. When you’re ready to get started with the tooth replacement process, call our team to schedule your dental implant consultation with the Richardson dentist and team at Canyon Creek Family Dentistry.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Animation of implant supported dental crown

The first step to creating your picture-perfect smile is a tooth replacement consultation. During your consultation appointment, we’ll examine your smile, review your restoration options, and partner with you to develop a plan to restore your smile, including a step by step timeline to help you prepare for your dental implant tooth replacement plan. During your consultation visit, we may also recommend one or more preparatory treatments including tooth extractions and tissue grafts to help you improve your chances for successful dental implant placement.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Once your smile is fully prepared and we’ve walked you through your tooth replacement plan, we’ll schedule your implant placement procedure. This surgery is relatively straightforward. We place a small incision in the gum tissue. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A protective cap is placed over the implant to protect it throughout the healing process and maintain the shape of the gum tissue until the abutment and restoration are placed.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Dentist showing patient dental implant model

Following the placement of one or more dental implants, we’ll need to wait several months to allow the implant posts to fuse with the supportive gum and bone tissues. This process is referred to as osseointegration. Depending on the number of implants and your body’s healing abilities, it can take anywhere from three to six months for implants to fully fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. Once this process is complete, we place abutments that will anchor the restorations to the implant posts. After the abutments are in position, we create a design for your dental crown, bridge, or denture that will be crafted by our trusted dental lab team.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Once we receive the final crown, bridge, or denture from our dental lab, you’ll return to the office, so we can attach your restoration to the implant posts. If we placed a temporary restoration, we’ll begin by removing it. Then, we’ll use screws to attach the crown, bridge, or denture, creating your flawless new smile.

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