Before a dental implant procedure, a thorough examination by a dentist is needed. Together, you and the dentist will determine the correct plan of action to restore your dental health. If a dental implant is the correct option for you, an appointment will be made for the implant placement.
Before the procedure beings, all the risks and benefits of dental implants will be discussed and all of your questions will be answered.
Most people with dental implants say the procedure is similar to a dental extraction. First, the area will be numbed to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. Then, in that area, your gum tissue will be opened to have access to bone. A perfectly shaped hole will be made in your jawbone that corresponds exactly with the size and dimensions of the titanium implant screw. Then, then implant screw will be placed in the bone. At the end of the procedure, sutures will be used to secure the gum tissue in place. One or two weeks later, you will return for a follow-up appointment, where the sutures will be removed.
The next step of a dental implant is to allow time for your bone to grow around the implant. On average, four to six months are needed for the implant to fully integrate into your jaw bone. After the waiting period, you will return to your dentist. At this point in time, depending on the purpose of the implant, a crown can be placed on top of the implant screw to replace a missing tooth or the screw can be used to hold in your denture or partial denture.
Dr. Lee Hauer: Periodontist & Implant placement specialist
Our implant placement specialist, periodontist Dr. Lee Hauer, comes to the office each week to perform the highest quality implant surgeries. Dr. Hauer uses only the most technological equipment and has over 18 years of training and experience in implant dentistry. Dental implants are such a common procedure in our office that we are extremely familiar with all implant types. We personally prefer to use Nobel Biocare implants, as they are made from the highest quality materials and are extremely well researched and tested. Nobel Biocare even provides a Warranty on their implant parts, which is unique in the industry. Actually, patients often present to our office with old implants, nervous because they forgot the name of the implant system used. Due to our familiarity with all implant systems, we are able to figure out the company of the implant and address any of the patient’s concerns. If you live in the south Florida area and are considering dental implants, please feel free to schedule a complimentary evaluation in our office.