Dental Implant Surgery: What You Need to Know

Dr. Michael Pikos recognizes the importance of advanced technology in the success of dental implant surgery. He places considerable emphasis on keeping abreast of the most up-to-date dental implant surgery technology at his Tampa, FL, (Tampa Bay Area Florida Offices) practice. Dr. Pikos has played a major role in advancing the science of dental implants since 1983 and founded the Pikos Institute in 1990 to teach advanced surgical techniques to other implant dentists. To find out more about dental implant surgery and what is involved, contact our practice today.

Planning for Surgery

The first step before you undergo surgery is meeting with Dr. Pikos for a consultation. During this meeting, he will ask about your treatment goals and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will design your treatment plan, if it is determined that you are a good fit for the procedure.

Evaluating your bite and the structure of your mouth is one of the most important steps in this process. Rather than relying solely on a visual and physical examination, Dr. Pikos uses 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to create a comprehensive image of your head and neck, including the teeth, soft tissue, and nerve pathways.

This allows Dr. Pikos to find the most optimal position for your dental implants and determine if any preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting, are needed. Through comprehensive planning, your procedure can be more precise, and easier to recover from.

Implant Technology

A dental implant consists of three parts: a titanium post that acts as a tooth root, a restoration that serves as the new tooth, and an abutment that connects the two. Dr. Pikos can place one of two kinds of dental implants: traditional or Same-Day Teeth®.

Traditional implants are restored in two separate procedures, spaced over several months. This gives the titanium posts ample time to fuse with the jawbone, ensuring stability. The implant can be restored with a crown to replace a single missing tooth, a bridge for two or more consecutive teeth, or a full arch to replace the upper or lower row of teeth.

Same-Day Teeth® are a faster alternative to traditional implants. With Same-Day Teeth®, Dr. Pikos can restore your implants immediately after placing the posts. These restorations are made of a non-toxic, biocompatible material that is as durable and natural-looking as a real tooth. Same-Day Teeth® can only be used to replace single teeth or a full arch.

Your Procedure

The procedures for placing dental implants are nearly identical for both traditional implants and Same-Day Teeth®. First, Dr. Pikos will administer an anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. Next, he will make an incision in the gums over the treatment site so that he can access the jaw bone and embed the titanium post.

The next step will depend on the type of implant that was chosen. For traditional implants, the abutment and a temporary restoration are placed. You must then wait three to six months for the bone to fully integrate the implant. Once integrated, your second appointment involves removing the temporary restoration. and replacing it with the permanent restoration. 

For Same-Day Teeth®, Dr. Pikos can immediately restore your dental implants. Although you will need to wait for the implant to heal, you will be able to enjoy its benefits far sooner than with traditional implant surgery.

Contact Us Today

At Coastal Jaw Surgery, we strive to provide excellent surgical care with the most modern technology. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation at our Palm Harbor, Trinity, or Spring Hill location.

Contact us today to learn more about our dental implants services including Same Day Teeth®–our same day dental implants service that sends you home with new teeth the very same day. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment. Coastal Jaw Surgery has locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill. Call us at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) or send us a message using the form below.