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How Dental Implants Work – Jacksonville, FL

How We Deliver a Stress-Free Implant Process

If you have been living with empty space in your smile for too long, you’re probably already considering getting long-lasting, reliable dental implants in Jacksonville that can act as stable roots for a crown, a bridge, or dentures. If you think implants might be right for you, your first step is to call the Carlson Dental Group and schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlson, Le, or Murray; they can walk you through the process step by step so that you can be comfortable when you walk into our office for this life-changing treatment.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Are you a candidate for dental implants? This is the question we need to answer before making any plans when it comes to tooth replacement. Over the course of your consultation, we’ll take X-rays of your mouth in order to examine the underlying bone structure; we’ll also look for signs of gum disease or other potentially complicating oral health issues. Ideally, you should already have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw as well as infection-free gums. However, depending on what we find, we may recommend a bone graft or periodontal therapy before implant surgery. And of course, we’ll need to determine exactly how many implants you’re going to need to recomplete your smile!

Illustration of jaw with crown support by dental implant in
    Jacksonville, FL

Dental Implant Surgery

Dentist holding a model of a dental implant

The next phase is the surgery where the implant posts themselves will be inserted into your jaw. Thanks to the expertise and training of Dr. Carlson, Dr. Le, and Dr. Murray, we can place your implants right here at our practice – no need to refer you to a separate oral surgeon. Your mouth will be numbed during the procedure, and small holes will be made at carefully chosen points in your jaw. Note that at this point, we normally won’t be ready to top the implants with restorations; the posts won’t be ready to bear the load until after the next phase.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

Smiling woman in dental chair waiting for implant surgery

Osseointegration is the process of bone tissue fusing with the titanium implant posts, and it begins as soon as the surgery is complete. Eventually, the implants will be completely integrated to the point where they could almost be considered part of your body. Typically, osseointegration takes several months. Once it’s complete, you may require an additional surgical procedure in order to receive abutments, which are the pieces that your prosthetic teeth will attach to. Note that your abutment will be visible until you’ve received your new teeth, which normally happens about two weeks later after the gums have had a chance to heal.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

Illustration of lower jaw with implant, abutment, and crown

Before you can receive a dental restoration, we’ll have to take impressions of your mouth with the abutment-topped implants in order to ensure a perfect, natural-looking fit. We’ll call you back to our office once the restoration is ready. Note that while there are implant-retained prosthetics that are removable, most of the time they’ll be permanently fixed in place; this means you’ll have to brush and floss them as you normally would for natural teeth.