How long is the procedure to receive dental implants?
The process of receiving dental implants usually occurs in three separate appointments at our practice. First, we will assist you in scheduling an oral exam and consultation with one of our oral surgeons. Dr. Cassidy, Dr. Pieper, or Dr. Wilcox will meet with you to determine the treatment plan for your oral health and the number of dental implants necessary to restore your smile.
Next, your second appointment allows our oral surgeons to insert the number of dental implants agreed upon in your consultation. Our oral surgeons will place your dental implants (surgical posts) directly into the bones of your jaw and add the corresponding abutment (connector piece) once the posts heal. In some cases, your restorative dentist can provide a set of temporary teeth for you to wear while the surgical posts heal. Finally, your restorative dentist will place the crowns or artificial teeth and remove any temporary teeth that were placed.
Is the dental implant placement procedure painful?
Placing dental implants is a highly successful replacement treatment that is performed by our oral surgeons on a routine basis. Our expert oral surgeons have years of training in the administration of anesthesia and performing oral procedures to maintain your oral health.
Usually, local anesthesia or IV sedation are the common forms of anesthetic given to patients to prevent pain or discomfort during surgery. After the procedure is complete, patients may experience some soreness once the anesthesia wears off. Our oral surgeons will provide post-operative instructions during your consultation to manage your recovery and any discomfort you may experience.
How long is the recovery period for dental implants?
Proper healing and integration with the jaw bone are essential before returning normal oral function. Each patient’s recovery time will differ depending on the number of implants you receive, the quality and amount of bone in the jaw where we place the implants, and your body’s ability to recover from a surgical procedure. Dental implants take an average of three to six months to heal after placing the posts. We will require a limited diet after surgery in the area of the implant, and our oral surgeons will provide specific instructions for your post-operative care.
If you have any other questions or concerns about our services, feel free to contact our practice to speak to one of our helpful office staff. We are more than happy to assist you, and we look forward to servicing your smile.