Dental Implant Procedure
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace failing or missing teeth with custom-made, natural-looking replacement teeth. A dental implant acts just like a natural tooth and consists of a titanium screw, an abutment, and a crown. Together, these parts replicate the appearance and function of a healthy, natural tooth.
As long as you have sufficient jaw bone, you can receive as many dental implants as you need to restore your teeth. Our oral surgeons can even use several implant posts to place an implant-supported denture, transforming your entire smile. Dental implants remain in your mouth at all times and require no special care beyond regular brushing and flossing. They are a healthy, convenient tooth replacement solution with the potential to last a lifetime.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants
The first step in your tooth restoration journey is to contact our office for a consultation. We have offices in Feasterville-Trevose, Newtown, and Jenkintown, PA, to serve patients in the Greater Philadelphia area. During this appointment, you will meet with Dr. Salin, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Semanoff, and Dr. Nack, who will evaluate your health and determine if dental implants are right for your smile goals. After we have designed your custom treatment plan, we will thoroughly explain each step of your dental implant journey.
Our team will take 3D scans of your mouth, which our surgeons use to create your treatment plan. These detailed images help us plan exactly where to place each implant and ensure great precision during surgery. Dental implant treatment is a joint effort between your oral surgeon and your dentist. We will place the implant and your dentist will place the final crown.
Tooth Extraction or Bone Grafting
If you have a badly damaged or infected tooth, we will extract it before placing the implant. In some cases, we can perform extraction and implant placement at the same visit.
Jaw bone atrophy can occur if teeth have been missing for an extended period of time. If there is insufficient jaw bone, we will place a bone graft prior to dental implant surgery. Your surgeon will place bone grafting material where more bone is needed and once the grafts have healed, you will be ready to receive your implant.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery generally takes 45 minutes for one implant and several hours for multiple implants. We often use IV anesthesia for this procedure. Your surgeon will administer IV anesthesia and numb the surgical area with a local anesthetic for further comfort.
Your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and precisely place the implant into the jaw bone. We will place sutures, if necessary, and your prearranged driver will take you home to begin your recovery.
The Healing Process
It will take several months for the implant to fuse to the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration. After the implant has healed, you will return to our office and your surgeon will attach an abutment, or connector, to the implant post. We will also place a temporary crown to wear while your final prosthesis is being created. After the soft tissues have healed from the abutment placement, your dentist will attach your final crown.
Any type of dental surgery can include some degree of discomfort during recovery. To help minimize your post-surgical discomfort, we provide detailed instructions that outline diet recommendations, how to clean your mouth, activities to avoid, and more.
Dental Implants in Feasterville-Trevose, Newtown, and Jenkintown, PA
Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants has three offices in the Greater Philadelphia region to serve our patients. If you have missing teeth, seek a more convenient alternative to dentures, or want to learn about your restorative options, contact our office to learn about dental implants in Feasterville-Trevose, Newtown, or Jenkintown, PA.
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