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How Dental Implants Work – Fargo, ND

The Steps to Replacing Teeth

Are you ready to commit to getting dental implants in Fargo? With their combined skillsets, Dr. Goodwill and Dr. Majidian are able to stay with you during every stage of the process; you can avoid the hassle of seeing a separate specialist and can instead count on a team you already trust to handle your new teeth. We’ll make sure you understand exactly what needs to happen so that you can feel comfortable with your care. Call Cornerstone Dental today to get started repairing your smile!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The consultation is where it all begins. Before you can receive implants, we need to confirm that you’re a suitable candidate by evaluating your oral and overall health. We’ll also need to consider your medical history as well as your lifestyle; any possible risk factors that could affect the chances of success (such as impaired healing) need to be addressed before the procedure starts. Also, this initial visit gives us a chance to scan your jaw to see if additional procedures like bone grafting or a sinus lift might be needed.

Dental Implant Surgery

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As a Fellow in the International Dental Implant Association, Dr. Goodwill can perform implant placement in-house. The goal of the procedure is to place the implant post directly into the jaw. After applying a sedative or anesthesia to keep you relaxed and comfortable, we’ll make an incision in the gums to expose the jawbone. We’ll then create several holes in strategic locations; the implant posts will be inserted into the holes. (The exact number of implants you get depends largely on how many teeth you’ve lost.) Finally, we’ll suture the gums close and let the healing process begin.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

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The stimulation from your implants encourages the jaw to form new bone tissue. Eventually, the bone will fuse with the metal. This process is called osseointegration, and it normally takes several weeks. Since the implant effectively becomes part of the jaw, it can provide an extremely stable foundation for your new teeth.

Once osseointegration is complete, we’ll need to perform another surgery to attach a piece called an abutment to your dental implants. This is what will hold your restoration in place on your implants. Dr. Goodwill will open the gums again to place an abutment on each post. It should only take a couple of weeks for the gums to heal after this step.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

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Implants can support individual crowns, dental bridges, and even full dentures. We’ll take an impression of your mouth and send the information to our dental lab. They’ll use it to create false teeth with the exact color, size, and shape you need to maintain a functioning, natural-looking smile. Once it’s ready, we can schedule an appointment to place it in your mouth. This is the final step you’ll need to complete before you can enjoy a beautiful full grin again.

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