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How Dental Implants Work – Camp Hill, PA

Understanding How You Achieve a Longer-Lasting Smile

A young woman admiring her new smile after receiving dental implants in Camp Hill

Dr. Rina Singh and her team believe in providing honest, transparent information to patients, no matter the type of treatment they receive. When it comes to dental implants, however, there is much to know about the intricacies of the process and aftercare. Realizing this is a costly investment on the part of the patient, she is pleased to provide a clearer, more in-depth explanation as to how dental implants work so that individuals looking to replace missing teeth feel more confident about their decision to pursue this method of restorative care. To find out more about the process or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

A young female listening to her dentist explain what a dental implant is and how it works

The first step to obtaining dental implants is to participate in the initial dental implant consultation. This visit allows Dr. Singh the opportunity to examine your smile in its entirety as well as evaluate your bone and facial structures. If the jawbone proves to be sturdy enough for treatment, impressions will be taken and sent off to a lab where technicians will begin to create your customized restoration. If the bone is too weak, it may be necessary to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to provide added bone minerals to the weakened areas for a more solid foundation.

Dental Implant Surgery

An oral surgeon performing an implant placement on a patient

Once you are approved for implant placement, an oral surgeon will go in and make one or more incisions in the gums in preparation for your implants. Carefully, they will position your implants in the correct location, allowing for optimal stability. Once they are in place, your gum tissue will be closed, and you will be sent home to spend the next 3-6 months recovering.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

A digital image of dental instruments being used to place the metal abutment on top of the implant and connect to the restoration

The at-home recovery process is necessary because it allows for osseointegration to occur. This process is the fusing of the implant to the bone and surrounding tissues. In order for your implants to remain stable and in place for as long as possible, they must properly fuse to create a solid foundation.

After your period of healing, you will return to our office and have your metal abutments put into place. These are small appliances that attach to the top of your implants and connect to the dental restorations.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Digital image of the custom-made dental crown going on over the metal abutment to sit in line with the rest of the teeth along the bottom arch

The final step in your dental implant placement process is receiving your finalized restoration. No matter if you need a dental crown, implant bridge, or an implant-retained denture, implants are a versatile solution for tooth replacement and can give you back a fully restored smile that looks and feels completely natural.

The placement process is quick and easy, and Dr. Singh will make sure the color, size, and shape of your restoration match with the rest of your beautiful smile.