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How Dental Implants Work – Alhambra, CA

The Steps to a
Renewed Smile

Many patients are interested in dental implants in Alhambra, but they hesitated to move forward with the treatment because they aren’t sure what to expect. While we cannot tell you the exact details of what your tooth replacement journey might entail, we can provide you with a basic outline of what most patients experience during their treatment process. It all begins with a personalized consultation and ends when you receive your gorgeous new teeth.

Woman smiling after learning how dental implants work in Alhambra

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Male patient attending consultation for dental implant treatment

During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly evaluate your oral health via a visual examination and a CBCT scan. They will let you know whether you are currently a candidate for dental implants or if you must undergo some preparatory treatment first. This appointment is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about dental implants. Our team will provide you with a cost estimate for your treatment plan and help you explore payment options.

Dental Implant Surgery

Illustration of dental implants being placed in jawbone

During your surgery, our in-house specialist will insert your dental implants into your jawbone at precise, pre-planned locations. We make every effort to ensure our patients are comfortable during this minimally invasive procedure. Your appointment may last a few hours. Afterward, some swelling and soreness are normal, but we will give you detailed instructions to help make your recovery as easy as possible. Most patients are able to go back to work within a day or two of the surgery.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Dental implant fused with jawbone, surrounded by natural teeth

Once your implants are in place, a remarkable process known as osseointegration will begin. The implants will actually fuse with the surrounding tissue, enabling them to act as a sturdy base of support for the prosthetic teeth that you will eventually receive. Following osseointegration, which usually takes a few months, small connector pieces, called abutments, will be attached to the tops of your implants during a second minor surgery. The abutments will help to secure your new teeth onto your implants.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Woman admiring smile after getting dental implant restoration

Your dentist will carefully design your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture with the goal of providing you with optimum function and aesthetics. The size, shape, and color of your new teeth will be customized for your unique mouth. After we attach your restoration to your implants, you will be able to go off and begin to enjoy the amazing benefits of your implant-supported smile!