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Understanding What to Expect during Implant Surgery

Patients who are missing one or more teeth can restore their smile with dental implants at Parkway Dental in Albuquerque, NM. During dental implant surgery, Dr. Michael Haight places small titanium posts into your jawbone in order to create artificial roots for your missing teeth. To ensure the most accurate placement possible, the doctor uses a 3-D cone beam scanner to visualize the structures in your mouth and identify the best position for your implant. Here, we will discuss what patients can expect before, during, and after their dental implant procedure.

Before Dental Implant Surgery

Patients interested in dental implants must first meet with Dr. Haight for an initial consultation. During this visit, he will first review your medical history and ask a number of questions about why you are interested in dental implants. Then, he will perform a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums, bone ridge, jaw joints, and other surrounding structures. He will also take x-rays and scans to evaluate the health of the underlying jawbone and identify important orofacial landmarks.

Dental implant placement is typically straightforward from a patient’s point of view.

Using our advanced 3-D cone beam scanner, Dr. Haight can plan your treatment and design a custom surgical guide. During the actual surgery, this device can highlight the exact areas of the bone ridge where the implants should be placed. This technology takes the guesswork out of implant placement, offering patients the most accurate care available.

During implant surgery, Dr. Haight creates a small hole in the jawbone into which he can place the dental implant. Once this heals, he can attach the abutment and dental restoration.

Dental Implant Treatment Process

Dental implant placement is typically straightforward from a patient’s point of view. Surgery is typically broken down into several distinct steps:

  • Anesthesia: Before beginning, Dr. Haight will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the gums and surrounding tissues, keeping you comfortable throughout your treatment.
  • Incisions: Next, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone ridge underneath. Depending on your case, this will either be done with a traditional gum flap incision or a small circular incision.
  • Pilot hole: The surgical guide will be placed over the bone ridge so that Dr. Haight can determine the most appropriate location for your implant. Once this is determined, he will create a small pilot hole in the bone tissue.
  • Preparation of the site: Once the pilot hole is made, Dr. Haight will carefully increase its diameter to prepare the bone ridge for the implant post.
  • Placement of the implant: When the site has reached an appropriate depth and diameter, Dr. Haight will place the implant into the prepared bone.
  • Placement of the healing cap: Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone, a small healing cap or closure screw will be placed into the internal portion of the post. This seals the interior off from the oral environment and promotes proper healing.
  • Stitches: Finally, the incision will be closed with surgical sutures. In most cases, the stitches will dissolve on their own within the first few days. However, there may be some instances when patients need to have the stitches removed.

The entire process usually takes about one to two hours per implant.

Healing and Recovery

Immediately following your dental implant surgery, some slight tenderness or discomfort is to be expected. However, these side effects can be successfully managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses. In most cases, patients can return to work the next day and can resume exercise in about 48 to 72 hours.

Before you can receive your dental restoration, you will need to wait for the implants to heal and integrate with your natural bone tissue. This process, called osseointegration, typically takes about three to six months, depending on the complexity of your case and your body’s healing capability.

Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery

When it comes to teeth replacement, dental implants are the most sought-after treatment available today. However, understanding what to expect during an upcoming surgery can make the process that much less nerve-wracking for a patient. To learn more about your options, schedule a visit to Parkway Dental by contacting us online or giving us a call at (505) 298-7479.

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