Dental Implants |3 min read

Dental Implants Before and After: A Real Patient’s Story!

Photo of dental implants.

The thought of dental implants can be scary, especially if you don’t know how it works!

But, dental implants are one of the top restorative options when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

While Fox Valley Dental takes care of your general and orthodontic needs, Dr. Joseph Olsen also restores smiles with dental implants as well.

Part of our office’s goal of being a one-stop-shop for your dental destination means we do many procedures in-house.

In this quick blog, you’ll learn a real patient’s story with a dental implant on their front tooth.

Let’s get started!

Preparing for your dental implant

First, we’ll examine the area of your damaged or missing tooth and assess your gum and bone tissue health.

Typically, we may have to extract your tooth, unless it has been removed (or fallen out) in some other way.

Removing your tooth and replacing it with an implant can be done for many reasons, including:

  • Decay
  • Damage
  • The tooth never erupted properly

In our patient’s case, the tooth was mobile and previously had a root canal done on it.

Dental implants consist of three parts:

  • The implant post
  • Abutment (connecting piece)
  • Restoration (can be a crown, bridge, or denture)

During the implant procedure, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Plus, placing an implant is more effective than ever with our modern technology and technique.

Dr. Olsen extracted the patient’s tooth and surgically placed an implant post in.

Keep in mind:

In some cases, a bone graft will be placed at the same time.

A bone graft involves a putty-like material that helps build bone around the implant if there’s any bone loss.

In our patient’s case, he didn’t need one so we were able to proceed to the next step.

The implant healing stage

Once the implant is placed, it’s important to be sure everything has healed before placing the restoration.

On average, this takes around four to six months.

Between that time, we schedule two to three appointments to ensure the implant is healing properly.

For some patients, their implants may take longer to heal.

However, we’ll schedule periodic appointments to always be aware of your healing timeline.

In this case, our patient’s implant took around six months to finish healing.

Restoring our patient’s smile

Once everything has healed, the patient comes back for a 3-D scan, essentially a digital impression that is sent to the lab so an abutment and crown can be made.

An abutment is a piece that screws into the implant and allows the restoration (in this case, a crown) to sit as the rest of the teeth.

Getting the abutment and crown back from the lab takes around three weeks. After it arrives, Dr. Olsen will insert it to complete your smile.

Our patient was thrilled with the final results!

Smile before and after dental implant restoration.

Are you looking for a dental implant dentist in Neenah, WI?

Fox Valley Dental is the top choice for high-quality dental implants in the Neenah area.

Our skilled dentist, Dr. Joseph Olsen, has everything you need for a stress-free implant procedure including:

  • The latest technology
  • Advanced training
  • Relaxation options

Restore your smile now!


Our office is conveniently located in Neenah, WI… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…. We happily welcome patients from all over the Fox Valley area, including Menasha, Appleton, Oshkosh, Grand Chute, Little Chute, Kaukauna, Wrightstown, Kimberly, Greeneville, Omro, Winneconne, Sherwood, Fond du Lac, Ripon, Hortonville, Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, and De Pere.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been completely revamped for comprehensiveness and timeliness.

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