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Dental Implants – Springfield, MO

How These Marvelous Tooth Replacements Work

Illustration of a dental implant

Understanding how dental implants work really isn’t all that complicated. That’s because they are designed to closely mimic the structure of natural teeth. First, Dr. Olson positions the actual implant in your jawbone, and this stands in for the root of a missing tooth. Then, a small abutment connects the implant to your final tooth restoration. Once these three parts are in place, you have a new and lifelike tooth to complete your smile. Read on for a more detailed examination and explanation of the dental implant process.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dental implant in place

The dental implant process begins with a consultation between you and Dr. Olson. During this visit, you and your implant dentist in Springfield with talk about tooth replacement options and what you can expect if you decide to have dental implants. You’ll learn about the implant surgery and recovery, and our front office team will be able to give you an estimate of the cost.

Next is an examination, so Dr. Olson can develop a treatment plan. He will examine your gums and the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile as well as your facial features and structure.

Dental Implant Surgery

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The implant procedure itself is rather straightforward and there is nothing to fear. First, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the site. Then, Dr. Olson makes an incision in your gums where you have a missing tooth. A special instrument similar to a drill removes a small section of bone and the implant is surgically inserted. Over the course of the next few months your gums will heal.

Dental Implant Osseointegration and Abutment

As your gums heal, something very special happens beneath the surface. The implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together in a process called osseointegration. In other words, the implant effectively becomes one with your jawbone in much the same way as a natural tooth root. This firm integration is what ensures a solid foundation for your new tooth.

Once the implant and bone have integrated, Dr. Olson will attach an abutment. This small piece helps to keep the implant in place and serves to connect the final tooth restoration to the implanted post.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

The final step in the dental process is the placement of the restoration. The kind you need will depend on the extent of your tooth loss. For a single missing tooth, you’ll have a porcelain crown. If you have several missing teeth, then a bridge can be attached to two to four implants. And for an entire arch of missing teeth, Dr. Olson will design a full denture that connects to several implants.