This post from Cary Family Dental is about what to expect during dental implant surgery. We’ll divide it into three parts: before, during, and after.
An implant procedure goes like this:
We begin with X-rays, an exam, and a consultation. We’ll take numerous X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Images are taken from multiple angles. It’s vital to confirm that you have enough healthy bone structure.
If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery.
During the exam, we will check that your gums are healthy. Along with healthy bone, healthy gums are required.
During the consultation, we’ll talk about your oral and physical health in general. We will discuss your medical history. Dr. Acton will validate that you are a good candidate for the service.
We may prescribe an anti-bacterial rinse for you to use for a few days prior to the surgery. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent an infection.
During Implant Surgery
First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant location.
Next, an incision is made in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
Next, a small hole the precise diameter and depth of the implant is drilled. Then the implant is screwed into the hole in the bone.
We’ll take an X-ray to verify the implant is in the correct place. Then the gums are stitched over the implant.
NOTE: The image shows the implant with the connector piece attached. This is how it will look when it is ready for the final crown. When the post is initially implanted, as mentioned, the gums are sewn back over the site. During the months the post is fusing to the bone, the implant post will not be visible.
The procedure takes about an hour.
Patients usually feel minimal pain when the local anesthesia wears off. There may be some swelling at the implant site. Slight bruising may occur as well.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen is usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most patients can go back to work after the surgery.
For anyone missing one of their teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution. To find out whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, please call us at Cary Family Dental to schedule an appointment.
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