Most dental implant surgeries can easily be performed in a few simple steps in your dentist’s office. Patients should be aware that each surgical procedure for each patient is different and will depend on the clinical situation, the opinion of the dental practitioner, as well as the preference of the patient. Here is some important information from Weston Dental Specialists about the dental implants placement process:
Here at Weston Dental Specialists, we usually place dental implants in an easy five-stage procedure. Here is a breakdown of each of the stages:
The initial examination is the first part of your dental implant procedure. During this examination, we will look at your teeth, mouth, and jawbone. We will also review your health history and talk about your needs and goals. Patients will also have a chance to ask questions and become familiar with the doctor who will be placing your implants.
The second stage of your procedure consists of surgically placing the implant root piece into the bone and underneath the gum. Local anesthesia will usually be given during this stage to minimize discomfort. After the root or fixture is placed, you will be sent home for a period of healing.
At this second stage, we will check the implant for its successful integration and connect a post called an abutment which is designed to penetrate through the gum and into the mouth. The gum tissues are then allowed to heal around the abutment. Depending on how much of the gum tissue has grown over the fixture, additional healing time may be required. The abutment must also be protected from pressure or chewing forces during this period to ensure successful healing.
While your implant site is healing, we will begin crafting your replacement tooth. This is a critical part of the process because we use our skill, knowledge, and training to perfectly match your implant to your natural teeth. This ensures that your new tooth will blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Once the implants have had a chance to heal and have been tested to make sure they are firmly planted, the final installation step takes place. This stage consists of connecting your new prosthetic teeth to the successfully osseointegrated implant pieces. To learn more about the specific parts of your dental implant, we suggest you check out our “What Are Dental Implants” page. Alternatively, you can contact our office if you have more specific questions about dental implants.
The answer to this usually depends on the patient and their individual tolerance for pain. Local anesthesia is usually sufficient for these simple out-patient procedures but various other sedation methods may also be used. Supplemental surgical procedures, like bone augmentation, may be performed before or at the same time as your dental implant placement. Any of these can add additional pain or healing time. For more information on supplemental treatments, please see our page on Supplemental Procedures.
Despite many years of careful clinical research and scientific studies, dental implants do not have a 100% success rate. However, we can proudly report that dental implant success rates are well above 90% for most patients. Similarly, long-term success rates are also in the high 90% range for patients that have had dental implants for more than ten years. In the event that your dental implant has not successfully integrated, it may need to be removed. A replacement implant can usually be placed in these instances, but the replacement may require additional healing time and possibly supplemental procedures to repair insufficient oral tissues.
If you want to repair your self-confidence along with your smile, dental implants could be the right option for you. Dr. Alwazzan is more than happy to answer any questions Weston, MA residents may have about dental implants, candidacy, and financing options. We look forward to helping you get the amazing smile you have always wanted! Call us today for your no-obligation consultation and get started on your best smile ever at Weston Dental Specialists.
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