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How Dental Implants Work – Mount Pleasant, SC

Your Journey Towards Permanently Replacing Missing Teeth

In order to provide their unique benefits, dental implants use a very different method than traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or a dental bridge. During your consultation, we’ll work with you to plan out your dental implant process, including personalized estimates for both cost and time. While every patient’s plan is slightly different, we’ve provided some of the basic steps below. When you’re ready to start your journey towards permanently replacing missing teeth, give Dr. Virginia Gregory a call to schedule your consultation.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Mount Pleasant implant dentist holding model of dental implants

Your first step towards replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is to come visit your Mount Pleasant implant dentist Dr. Gregory for a consultation. During this initial visit, she’ll take the time to get to know you and discuss the goals you have for your new smile. Then she’ll review your medical history and inspect your teeth, gums, and jaw to see if dental implants are a good choice for you.

Oral health problems like tooth decay, bruxism, and gum disease can threaten the success of your dental implants, so she’ll work with you to address these issues first if needed. Once your oral health is on track, we can move onto the next step.

Dental Implant Surgery

Dentist and patient discussing how dental implants work in Mount Pleasant

Dental implants are placed in such a way that they replace your missing teeth both above and below the gumline. First, a small incision will be made in your gums to access your jawbone. Depending on how many dental implants you need, one or more small titanium posts will then be placed into your jawbone. Then, a protective cap is placed over the post to protect it and maintain the shape of your gum tissue as your mouth heals. 

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

Woman admiring her new dental implants in Mount Pleasant

After your dental implant posts have been placed, they will undergo osseointegration. This is the process where they gradually fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to essentially become part of your jaw. How long this takes depends on factors like how many implant posts were placed, your natural healing ability, and how well you care for your oral health as they heal. Typically, you can expect this to take anywhere from four to six months. Once your mouth has healed enough, we’ll place an abutment that will eventually anchor your final restoration in place.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

Diagram of how dental implants work in Mount Pleasant

Once we receive your custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture, you’ll return to our office to have it placed. We’ll securely attach it to the abutment and check that your new bite feels comfortable. Then, you’ll be all set to enjoy your complete, confident smile!

If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Mount Pleasant, don’t hesitate to give us a call today!

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