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How Dental Implants Work – Horseshoe Bay, TX

A Step-By-Step Look at Rebuilding Your Smile

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The journey to bringing back your full, healthy smile begins with a tooth replacement consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Sopel, our implant dentist in Horseshoe Bay, will examine your smile and discuss your restoration options. From there, he will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that will restore your oral health and fill in the gaps for good.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Once your treatment plan is solidified and all your questions have been answered, we will schedule your procedure. Thanks to the latest technology and Dr. Sopel’s extensive experience, the surgery is relatively straightforward - especially since every step of treatment can be completed all under one roof! After making a small incision in the gum tissue, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone and a protective cap is placed over it until the abutment and restoration are situated.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

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To provide patients with the unparalleled durability dental implants are known for, the implant post must fuse with the gum and bone tissue during the healing process. This step is called osseointegration and typically takes several months. Once the area has healed and the process is complete, we will place abutments that will secure the restorations to the implant posts. From there, a custom crown, bridge, or denture will be designed, and you’ll be one step closer to a full smile!

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

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Once the restoration is crafted to match the size, shape, and color of your remaining teeth, you’ll return to our office. If you have a temporary restoration, then we will begin your appointment by removing it. Otherwise, we will attach the crown, bridge, or denture to the implant post to create your flawless smile. After that, the only thing left to do is show off your new and improved smile to the rest of the world!

If you have one or more missing teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your initial consultation for dental implants in Horseshoe Bay!