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How Dental Implants Work – Hillsboro, OR

The Steps Towards a Complete Smile

So once you’ve decided to get dental implants, what can you expect? Getting new teeth is a process, and at Infinity Hill Dental, we’ll be with you every step of the way so that you can always be confident about what’s going on. This’ll give you all the more reason to smile once your grin is finally complete! Take the first step by contacting our office and scheduling a consultation today.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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Once you know that you’re going to be living with empty space in your mouth, you should immediately start considering your options. Are dental implants a good replacement for your missing tooth? To answer that question, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with your implant dentist at Infinity Hill Dental. We’ll use X-rays and other tools and techniques to fully examine your mouth; we’ll also need to consider the overall state of your oral health as well as your financial situation. All of this information will let us create the best treatment plan for you.

Dental Implant Surgery

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You’ll come to our practice for implant placement on a scheduled date. Dr. Kalluri has a lot of personal experience with dental implant surgery. That means there’s no need to refer you to an outside specialist; everything can be done under one roof!

A small incision is made in the gum, and holes are created in the jaw for the implant posts to be inserted. Local anesthesia and different forms of sedation might be used to keep you comfortable. After the surgery, you’ll be on a liquid diet for at least one week.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Dental Implant Post

Once the implant is in the jaw, it will gradually fuse with the bone as the surrounding area repairs itself. It can take several weeks or even months for this process to be complete. You can live your life as normal during this time, although you’ll need to only eat soft foods for a while.

When the implant is firmly bonded with the jawbone, it’s ready to receive an abutment. This is a small connector that rests on the dental implant and will eventually join it with your new crown, bridge or denture. There are some cases where you can get an abutment at the same time as the implant post.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Dental Implant in Jaw

After your gums heal from the surgery, impressions are taken of your mouth and are used to create your new artificial teeth. Once everything’s ready, they’ll be attached to your abutment.

When your dental implants are finally complete, all that’s left is to take good care of them so that they last as long as possible. This means brushing and flossing like you would your natural teeth; implants can’t get cavities, but they can fail if the gum and bone tissues around them become infected. You’ll also need to make sure you visit Infinity Hill Dental on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings.

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