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How Dental Implants Work – State College, PA

Replace Tooth Roots & Dental Crowns for Lasting Smiles

Tooth loss can be painful, embarrassing, and uncomfortable, but for our dental patients in State College, PA, tooth replacement doesn’t have to be. At the dental office of Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, we offer a number of safe, comfortable, and effective tooth replacement options whether you’ve lost a single tooth or a full row of teeth. Dental implant supported tooth replacement has quickly become one of the most popular tooth replacement solutions because it is the only option that restores both the tooth roots and the crowns of missing teeth. When you’re ready to get started, call our dental office in State College, PA to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with us. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, fully functioning smile. On this page, we’ve outlined the multi-phase dental implant supported tooth replacement process, but during your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll be able to provide more detailed information about your specific implant supported restoration plan.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation & Preparation

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To get started with your tooth replacement, you’ll visit us for a dental implant consultation appointment. We’ll examine your smile, review your health history, and discuss any past experiences with surgery and anesthesia. We may also need to perform one or more preparatory procedures to ensure the successful completion of your dental implant tooth replacement plan. Preparatory services may include bone or soft tissue grafts and tooth extractions.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Once your tooth replacement plan is in place and we’ve completed any preparatory treatments, we’ll need to surgically place one or more dental implant posts. Dental implant placement typically requires us to make a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A cap is attached to the implant to protect the surgical site as it heals while also preserving the shape of the gum tissue until the replacement tooth is attached.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

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After implant posts are placed, it can take several months (usually three to six) for the implant to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. This process is called osseointegration. Once the osseointegration process is complete, we attach the abutment, which anchors the replacement tooth to the implant post.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Model smile with implant fixed bridge

After the abutments are placed, we capture impressions of your prepared smile that will be used to design and craft your dental crown, bridge, or denture. Our dental lab uses the bite impressions, x-rays, and our smile design to custom craft your replacement tooth or teeth. Once this final restoration is received from the lab, you’ll return for your final visit with our team, so we can affix the replacement tooth or teeth to your dental implant posts, giving you back your picture-perfect smile.