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How Do Dental Implants Work? – Trumbull, CT

Learn More about Dental Implants

single tooth implant

Dental implants in Trumbull are the preferred tooth replacement option because they provide over 95% success rate. Not to mention, they closely look and feel natural. Although you are excited to experience their benefits for yourself, we understand you have plenty of questions about the treatment process and how dental implants work. Here is what you can expect while on your journey to a complete, beautiful smile.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

CT scan of jaw

If you have missing teeth and have good oral and general health, you are often a candidate for dental implants; however, you will require a thorough consultation with your dentist in Trumbull, Dr. Scott Cohen, to ensure they are right for you. Besides a visual examination, he also takes digital x-rays and a CT scan to view your oral structures in their entirety. This also allows him to strategically determine the ideal location for your implant posts.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Sedation or anesthesia is used during your oral surgery to provide a pain-free and comfortable treatment. Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone and a small hole is drilled into it for each post. In most cases, your gum tissue is sutured closed and the healing process begins; however, if you are choosing same-day dentures, abutments are connected to each post to support your temporary denture.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

dental implant in jawbone

The implant posts act as new tooth roots. This stimulates your jaw to encourage new growth. Your jawbone fuses to the posts over the next several weeks through a process called osseointegration. Your replacement teeth will have the stable foundation they need to stay firmly in place after your jawbone is healed.

Once adequate healing has occurred, you need a second minor surgery to attach your abutments to the posts. Your gum tissue is opened to reveal the head of the posts. The fixtures are attached to each one. Your gingival heals around them to create a natural-looking gum line while sealing out harmful bacteria.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

implant-retained denture

About 2 weeks after your abutments are attached, your mouth is healed enough to begin the final stage of your treatment. A digital impression of your mouth is taken to carefully craft your prosthetic teeth. Whether it be an implant-retained crown, bridge, partial, or denture, they are designed to look natural, so you can smile confidently.

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