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How Dental Implants Work – Weatherford, TX

The Process of Getting Dental Implants

Dr. Novak and our team want everyone to feel great about their smile, regardless of whether they’ve experienced tooth loss or not. Dental implants in Weatherford look and feel more like your natural teeth than any other option and provide countless benefits to your oral health. And while the process does take time, it’s well worth it because implants can last several decades or a lifetime with proper care. While the treatment time from beginning to end can vary, it generally takes 3- 6 months. If you’d like to know more about how dental implants work, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dentist holding a 3D model of an implant The first step is a consultation with Dr. Novak or Dr. Johannsen. This visit will start with a general discussion of your goals and any questions or concerns you have. Then we’ll make sure you’re a good candidate for implants by evaluating your oral health and reviewing your medical history.

We’ll also make sure you have enough healthy bone mass in your jaws to support an implant by taking a detailed, 3D image with a CT/cone beam scanner. We’ll also talk about any preliminary procedures that may need to be done such as extractions, gum therapy, or a bone graft. Finally, we’ll give you an estimate of cost and how long the process will take.  

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental patient having a consultationDr. Novak has extensive advanced implant training, so you won’t have to go to another office for your implant surgery. In most cases, the procedure takes 1-2 hours per implant, and many of our patients are surprised at how much easier it is than they expected.

Your comfort is a top priority throughout your visit, so we’ll start by completely numbing the area. We also have sedation options for anyone who feels particularly anxious or fearful. Then we’ll make an incision in the gums and place a surgical-grade titanium post in the jaw. Finally, we’ll put a “healing cap” over the implant to protect it over the next several months and allow you to eat and drink normally.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Digital image of an implant in the lower jawOsseointegration refers to the process of the implant fusing or integrating with the surrounding jawbone. While this process does take time (usually 3-6 months), it accounts for many of the benefits of dental implants and gives them their unparalleled strength and stability.

Once the implant has fully osseointegrated, we’ll attach a type of adaptor called an abutment. This will connect the implant to either a dental crown or an implant-retained bridge or denture.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Model of an implant-retained bridgeThe last step of the process is restoring your implant with a prosthetic tooth (or teeth). As a dentist in Weatherford, we know you want your implant to look as good as it feels, so we’ll make sure your crown, bridge, or denture is made to just the right specifications so that it looks and feels natural. We’ll also review the best way to care for your new implant and answer any last questions you may have.

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