Dental Implant Placement
Restoring a smile with dental implants in Blackwell, OK can be broken down into two major phases: implant placement and implant restoration. During the placement portion of your journey to a new smile, your dentist will insert small posts (usually made of titanium) into your jaw so they can serve as replacements for the roots of your missing teeth.
Preparing for Implant Placement
When Dr. Neale is preparing for your implant placement procedure, he’ll take images of your mouth using a high-tech Cone Beam scanner. This device works similarly to an X-ray machine, but it provides much more detailed information. The scans it takes provide a three-dimensional rendering of your mouth, which allows Dr. Neale to create an extremely detailed plan for the implant placement surgery.
The scan will help him determine where specifically in your bone the implants should go. He’ll choose locations that have adequate bone density and that will provide the strongest base possible for your new teeth.
The Placement Surgery
You can expect to be quite comfortable during your placement surgery. Thanks to a combination of local anesthesia and sedation, you shouldn’t feel a thing as your dentist creates small incisions in your gums and inserts the implant posts into your bone. Your surgery may last anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on how many implants you’re receiving.
Once your implants are in their new home, your mouth may be tender for a while, but your discomfort should be minimal if you follow your dentist’s detailed instructions for post-surgical care. For example, you may need to avoid certain foods for a while and stick to a gentle but thorough oral hygiene routine that will minimize the chance of infection. You can also take some mild painkillers if necessary. Many patients are able to return to work the day after their surgery.
After Your Implant Placement Surgery
One of the best things about dental implants is their biocompatibility. Titanium works very well within the human body; it can even bond with your bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. This will take place over the months following your implant placement surgery. Then, you’ll be ready to receive your beautiful new teeth!
Of course, we’ll be there to support you and address all of your questions and concerns both before and after your procedure. Our goal is to help you achieve a strong, healthy new smile with as little hassle as possible. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they are placed, contact our office today to request a consultation.