Overview of Implant Placement
Losing your teeth is a serious event that causes several significant effects on your life. When you lose your teeth, it is important that they are replaced as soon as possible. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we provide dental implants as a way to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are a modern treatment, providing you with an incredible alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Small titanium posts are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. Once the posts are implanted, your bone fuses to them, turning them into stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. Here is what you can expect during your implant placement process.
The Initial ConsultationBefore undergoing dental implant surgery, we need to determine that it is the best treatment for you. The consultation also allows us to determine the optimal placement of your implants and if any other treatments are needed before surgery. During this consultation, we go over your medical history to determine if you have any conditions that might affect treatment. We also perform a thorough oral exam. We look over the visible structures of your mouth, looking for signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues. X-ray images are taken to look over the hidden structures of your mouth. With these images, we can determine issues such as bone loss, determining if you need a bone graft before implant placement.
Your Surgical ProcedureOn the day of your surgery, you are first provided with a local anesthetic at the surgical sites. The anesthetic prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure, increasing your comfort. If you are feeling exceptionally nervous, we can also provide you with sedation. Sedation options are discussed during your initial consultation.
Surgery begins with small incisions in your gums. This exposes your jawbone underneath. We then drill holes into your bone by your treatment plan and place the implant posts immediately inside. Your gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.
The Recovery ProcessThe exact length of your recovery depends on many factors. Typically, the process takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. During this time, your bone gradually fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. Several follow up visits allow us to monitor your healing to ensure that you are healing properly and that there are no issues present. We provide you with specific aftercare instructions following your surgery which will help you to deal with issues such as pain and swelling, what to eat, how to care for your surgical wounds, and when to call the office. Following these instructions will help to make sure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Getting Your Final RestorationsOnce you have fully healed from surgery, we then begin the process for placing your final dental restorations. This process generally requires two additional appointments. During the first appointment, we remove the temporary teeth and place the abutments. Impressions are then taken and sent to our dental lab. The lab uses the impressions to custom create your new teeth. At the second appointment, after your restorations have been sent back to the office, we check them for fit and proper bite and then secure them into place with small screws.
While dental implants require a more involved procedure than traditional replacement options, there is an incredible number of benefits involved. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.