How long does the dental implant procedure take?
There are many factors to consider when estimating your treatment time. The number of dental implants placed, the position of the missing teeth, the health of your mouth, and the need for additional treatments, such as bone grafting, will all play into this estimate. Typically, your oral surgeon places the implant post during a single surgical procedure. Patients undergoing this procedure with local anesthesia can often return to work the day of surgery. Patients who select IV sedation should expect to rest for the remainder of the day.
Following the surgery, it usually takes three to four months for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone. Once we have confirmed that the implant is strong and fully healed, the restorative dentist will place the crown in a final appointment. When you visit our practice for your initial consultation, we will develop a treatment plan personalized to your oral health needs. This will determine the length of your treatment, and we will provide you with all of the information needed for a smooth restorative process.
What if there is not enough bone left to place a dental implant properly?
Patients who have been missing teeth for an extended period often experience jaw bone loss. This occurs because the tooth root is not present to stimulate the growth of healthy bone. Advances in implant dentistry now allow us to address this issue and provide patients with a solution to their restorative needs.
We offer a wide variety of bone grafting options to restore lost bone, including socket preservation, sinus lift procedures, and ridge preservation, and much more. Now, more than ever, it is possible to restore missing teeth with dental implants. During your initial consultation, we will complete 3D imaging to assess the height and width of your jaw bone and develop a treatment plan for successful implant placement.
Is the dental implant surgery painful?
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma City, our team wants every patient to feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment. We offer many anesthetic options to ease any discomfort associated with surgery. Many simple procedures can be performed using local anesthesia. IV sedation is also a fantastic option for patients who wish to rest comfortably during the treatment. Sometimes, surgeons elect to use nitrous oxide in combination with either option to ease any anxiety associated with surgery. Drs. Bryan and Goodson have undergone extensive training in the administration of anesthesia and in monitoring patients during surgery to ensure a comfortable and safe surgical experience.
What is recovery like for dental implant procedures?
We aim to provide patients with safe and effective treatment to ensure an efficient and comfortable recovery process. Most patients report returning to work quickly after surgery, with minimal pain and swelling. We also require patients to brush carefully around the implant and to avoid eating certain foods during the healing period. During your initial consultation, we will instruct you on proper post-surgical care for your mouth. Following these guidelines will be critical in providing you with an easy recovery from surgery and successful implant integration.
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Dental Implants at Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma
If you are interested in replacing your missing or failing teeth with dental implants, contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK, to schedule an appointment. We offer the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, including tooth extraction and bone grafting, to ensure successful implant placement. Drs. Bryan and Goodson have placed thousands of implants and enjoy providing patients with a new reason to smile again.