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How Dental Implants Work – Park City, UT

A Permanent Restoration for a Fully Restored Smile

An older woman smiling

Before undergoing surgery for dental implants in Park City, you’re probably wondering about the process and what to expect. Dr. Calderwood wants you to feel confident and comfortable with your decision, which is why he will go over all the necessary details during your initial consultation. We know any dental procedure can cause a person to become antsy, so let us put your mind at ease and walk you through each step of the process.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step is the initial consultation. This appointment will allow you to sit down with your dentist in Park City to discuss everything that is involved with your dental implant placement procedure. Dr. Calderwood will examine your mouth to determine the state of your oral health, as well as if you have enough bone strength to support your dental implants. If you are lacking in bone density, he may suggest a bone graft to add bone minerals to a particular area. Over time, this will encourage your bone to strengthen, ultimately allowing you to move forward with receiving dental implants.

Dental Implant Surgery

A dentist performing dental surgery

When arriving for your implant placement, Dr. Calderwood will administer local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable before moving forward. Once he is satisfied, he will make an incision in your gum line and drill a small hole into your jawbone. This will allow him to position the implant before stitching up the area. Depending on the number of implants you need, you may or may not have multiple incisions.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

An abutment for a dental implant

Once your surgical sites are stitched up, you’ll return home and spend the next several months healing. A process known as osseointegration must occur in order for the implant to be successfully placed. This requires the implant to properly fuse to the bone. If this process doesn’t occur, the implant will fail.

If you’re wondering what might make an implant fail, it can happen if you smoke or have a weakened immune system as a result of an autoimmune disorder. When your immune system is too weak to fight off infection, it can also make it harder for your body to heal, thus, osseointegration cannot successfully occur.

When returning for your next and final appointment, Dr. Calderwood will make sure everything looks good before placing the abutment. This small appliance is used to connect the implant to the restoration.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

Implant-retained denture

Once the abutment is placed, he will position your custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture on top, giving you a seamless smile. The individuals at the dental lab who create the restorations work alongside your dentist to ensure the color, size, and shape of the prosthetic match your natural smile.

Now that you’re more familiar with the process, we encourage you to contact our dental office with any additional questions.