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How Dental Implants Work – Sagamore Hills, OH

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Dental implants near Macedonia can be a viable option to replace missing teeth or those that need to be removed through extraction. Dental implants can be used for either single tooth replacements or to restore an entire arch of teeth. Below is what you can expect during a single tooth replacement.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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At the initial appointment, your dentist near Macedonia will address the main issues you have with your teeth and find out what your goals are to create a plan for the best way to achieve the results you want. This will also include a review of your medical history, a comprehensive exam, and any necessary radiographs to ensure a successful treatment.

Many factors determine the course of an implant case. For starters, is the tooth present, has it been lost recently, or have you been without it for several years? Each situation presents a different set of issues we will work to address, including if there is enough bone to accept a dental implant. If the bone is inadequate, a bone graft procedure may be necessary. Bone grafts and other advanced procedures make replacing teeth possible for many people who would not have the option otherwise.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Dental implant surgery is relatively easy and minimally invasive. A small incision is made in your gum tissue to expose the implant site. We prepare the bone with small titanium or ceramic burs and the implant is placed, followed by a healing cap or a temporary crown. The soft tissues are then sutured closed around the implant to heal.  Two weeks after surgery, we will follow up for post operation check-up and ensure that the tissues around the dental implant are healing well.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

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We allow a period of time for osseointegration prior to proceeding with the last phase of treatment. Osseointegration is the process where your bone cells grow and fuse to the dental implant.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

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Once we have determined that your implant has successfully integrated, we will attach a ceramic crown to the dental implant via an abutment and screw. The end result is a vibrant, natural feeling restoration that blends in and functions well with your own teeth.

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Dr. Greenwood takes the time to explain the treatment process and answers any questions you may have during your consultation. If you are ready to invest in a complete smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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