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How Dental Implants Work – Hutchinson, KS

Your Journey to a Full, Beautiful Smile

Before we can begin your journey to a full, beautiful smile with dental implants in Hutchinson, we’ll go over the entire process step by step with you at your initial consultation, including cost of the procedure and healing time. While you wait for your appointment, however, you can read this generalized guide on how the dental implant process works. If you haven’t scheduled a consultation yet to replace your missing teeth with this sturdy and long-lasting option, give us a call at (620) 669-0835.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step in the process of attaining a new and healthy smile is visiting Dr. Ringler for a consultation. During this appointment, we’ll lay out all the steps necessary for the process of creating your brand-new smile. Our team will thoroughly examine your smile by taking x-rays. We’ll also discuss options for your restoration that will top your implant, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Your consultation is also where you’ll find out whether you need any preparatory treatment before we can place your implants, such as gum disease treatment or a bone graft to increase the density of your jawbone. Once these procedures are squared away, you can move on to the next phase: dental implant placement.

Dental Implant Surgery

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After we’ve discussed your treatment plan in detail with you, then you’re ready to schedule your implant placement surgery. This surgery is relatively simple and straightforward. Your dentist in Hutchinson will make a tiny incision in your gum tissue and then place the implant directly into the jawbone where your lost tooth root once was. To protect the implant and maintain your gum tissue throughout the healing process, a protective cap is placed over the implant. Before your abutment and restoration can be placed, a remarkable process called osseointegration must first occur.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

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Osseointegration is a near-magical process by which your jawbone grows around the implant post during the few months following implant placement. This process can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on a few factors such as your body’s healing ability and how many implants you’re receiving. Once osseointegration is complete, we can place an abutment, a metal connector that anchors your restoration to your implant. Finally, we can take impressions and design your crown, bridge, or denture that will be meticulously crafted by a skilled dental lab team.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

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The last step in the process – receiving your new teeth – is finally here! By partnering with a dental lab, we can create a customized prosthesis that will attach to your newly integrated dental implants. After your restoration arrives, we’ll check to make sure it provides you with a powerful, comfortable, and well-aligned bite, making adjustments as needed until it does. When this process is complete, we’ll send you off into the world with your brand-new, lifelike smile!