What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Dental implantation is a surgical procedure that replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial ones. The purpose is to improve overall oral health and functioning. It is suitable for patients with missing teeth. 

A dental implant procedure must be performed by an experienced dentist who knows how to restore your teeth properly. Dental implant surgery is an excellent choice for patients who are missing one or more teeth and wish to maintain the health of their jaw and mouth. The dental implant replaces the root of the tooth, and it serves as an anchor for whichever type of prosthetic tooth the patient wants.

Pre-Surgery Consultation and Evaluation 

The first step is a full evaluation of your oral condition by a dentist. The evaluation will include a review of your medical history, X-rays, and checking the condition of your jawbone and gums. 

Before the surgery, your dentist and the surgical team will give you a list of things to avoid and things to do before the surgery to ensure its success. For example, there may be limits on eating and/or drinking beforehand in order to avoid reactions while you are under anesthesia for the procedure.

Dental Implant Surgery Process 

If your dentist has told you that you will be placed under a general, not local, anesthesia during the dental surgery, you should arrange for a family member or friend to drive you to and from the dental implant surgery. As the general anesthesia wears off, you will be in no condition to drive yourself home safely.

Dental implant surgery is performed in several stages. The first stage involves the removal of the damaged tooth as necessary. Then, depending on the condition of your jawbone, it may involve bone grafting. Without a strong jawbone in place, the implants will not fuse with the bone. This is crucial to the success of the dental implant. 

The dental implant is made of titanium, which encourages fusion with your jawbone. Titanium is completely safe to remain in the mouth. In fact, there is less risk for damaging your jawbone with titanium than with other materials. In addition, titanium is not prone to decay like regular teeth.

After about six months, the implant has healed and fused into the jawbone. After the jawbone has healed around the implant, the dentist fastens the crown, denture, or bridge to the implant.

Dental Implant Surgery in Eugene, Oregon

There was a time when the only options for tooth loss were bridges and dentures. Today, we offer more options to give you a beautiful and healthy smile.

If you would like to find out whether dental implant surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ari Binder of 360 Dental. He will use 3D cone beam imaging to evaluate your mouth and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery. If you are indeed a good candidate, Dr. Binder will begin planning your treatment procedure.

Contact our friendly dental team today by calling us at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment now. We offer many different dental options for helping restore your teeth back to excellent shape!