How Dental Implants Work – State College, PA

The Next Best Thing to Your Natural Teeth

older man in blue polo smiling with dental implants in State College

Are you considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants? Are you curious about how long the process takes? Since no two smiles are created equal, your implant journey will never be exactly the same as anyone else’s. However, there are a few basic steps that everyone experiences. To learn more about the process of getting dental implants in State College, simply keep reading below.

Dental Implant Consultation

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During your initial consultation with Dr. Devlin, he will thoroughly examine your mouth for any issues such as gum disease and jawbone deterioration that must be addressed prior to placing implants. This appointment is also a great opportunity for you to ask Dr. Devlin any questions you may have about the details of the process.

After a performing thorough oral examination and taking x-rays to determine your candidacy for dental implants, we will go over a detailed treatment timeline to give you an idea of how long it will be until your smile is fully rebuilt. If you do have any oral health problems, don’t worry; it may just take slightly longer to achieve your complete smile.

Surgically Placing Your Implants

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Following your consultation, you may require preliminary procedures like gum disease therapy or a bone graft to improve your chances of dental implants success. The length of this step varies from patient to patient, but typically, bone grafting takes four to six months to fully heal.

Once your jawbone is ready, your surgery can take place. Small incisions are made in your gum tissue to access your jawbone. Titanium posts are then placed directly into the bone, which will serve as the root structure of your new teeth. Over a period of three to six months, a remarkable process called osseointegration will occur. During osseointegration, your implant posts will fuse with your jawbone until they are essentially a part of your own anatomy. Until your gums are healed and your abutments are placed, you’ll still have gaps in your grin.

Osseointegration and Abutment Placement

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A few months later, once osseointegration is complete, you may need to undergo another minor surgery to place your abutments. An abutment is a metal connector piece placed on top of your implant that will attach your restoration to your implant. After this procedure is finished, your gums will need to heal for at least couple of weeks before you can return to your dentist in State College to receive your restorations.

Placing Your Restorations

Once your gum tissue has healed, Dr. Devlin will take impressions of your mouth to send off to a dental lab, where a professional ceramist will get to work on crafting your restoration. After they arrive, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll finally place your crown, bridge, or denture. From there, you can enjoy your new and improved smile for years to come!

Because there are so many factors that affect the process of getting dental implants in State College, the best way to determine just how long it will take is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Devlin and the rest of our team are more than happy to answer your questions about any step in the implant process. To book a consultation and find out whether dental implants are just the treatment your smile needs, contact us today!