Let’s talk about what to expect during tooth implant surgery. We will divide it into three parts: before, during, and after.
An implant procedure goes like this:
Before the Procedure
We start with X-rays, an exam, and a consultation. We’ll take numerous X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Images are taken from numerous angles. It’s essential to verify that you have enough healthy bone structure.
If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. (This is discussed on our website.)
During the exam, we will check that your gums are healthy. Along with healthy bone, healthy gums are required.
During the consultation, we’ll discuss your oral and physical health in general. We will discuss your medical history. Dr. Elrod will verify that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Dr. Elrod 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 infection.
During Implant Surgery
First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant site.
Next, Dr. Elrod will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
Dr. Elrod will then drill a small hole the precise diameter and depth of the post. Then the implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
We’ll take an X-ray to confirm the implant is in the correct place. Dr. Elrod will sew the gums back 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.
Dental implant placement will take about an hour.
If the implant site (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture. You can wear this ‘flipper’ while you are waiting for the final crown.
After Implant Surgery
Patients usually feel minimal pain when the local anesthesia wears off. There may be some swelling at the implant location. Slight bruising may take place as well.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen is usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.
There is minimal pain. You won’t have to take an entire day off. Most likely, you’ll be back to your normal activities without delay.
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