The lead up to a dental implant procedure can be scary. Anxiety over the fear of the unknown can be the worst part of the entire procedure. Your surgeon will demystify the whole process with you when you meet with him or her in the consultation and any appointments leading up to your procedure. However, sometimes fear of the unknown keeps people from calling to make that initial consultation appointment. That’s why in this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process leading up to dental implant surgery so that you know exactly what to expect.
Planning for Surgery
The first step before you undergo surgery is meeting with one of our surgeons for a consultation. During this meeting, your surgeon will ask about your treatment goals and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If it is determined that you are a good fit for the procedure, your surgeon will design your treatment plan.
Your consult will be low-key and low-pressure. Our staff is consistently reviewed as friendly and are experienced at putting patients at ease. Your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and take into account your health, your needs, and any other concerns. He or she will walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.
Evaluating Your Bite: CBCT
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, our surgeons use 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 your surgeon 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.
Making the Choice: Traditional Dental Implants Vs. Same Day Teeth®
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. Your surgeon can place one of two kinds of dental implants: traditional or Same Day Teeth®.
Traditional implants are restored in two separate procedures that are 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®, our surgeons can place 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.
Placing the Implants: 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.
With Same Day Teeth®, one of our talented surgeons can immediately restore your dental implants. Although you will need to wait for the implant to heal, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of dental implants far sooner than with traditional implant surgery.
Make an Appointment for a Dental Implant Consultation
The best way to know for sure whether you are a candidate for dental implants or Same Day Teeth® is to come see us for a consultation. You can reach us anytime at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or use the contact form below to request an appointment and ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure, insurance, or payment options. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill.
Contact Coastal Jaw Surgery
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.
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