Placing dental implants typically requires a two-part process — one surgical procedure to place the implant screw and a second procedure to secure the custom-made crown and complete the restoration. The placement, fabrication, and final restoration process is completed hand in hand with our fantastic network of restorative dentists in the Tri-Cities area.
The Consultation and Pre-Surgery Appointment
To begin the placement of your dental implants, you will first receive a consultation with one of our highly qualified oral surgeons. Dr. Cooper, Dr. Teeples, Dr. Toponce, or Dr. Reddinger will perform a thorough oral examination and form a specialized treatment plan just for you. Additional imaging may be obtained to map out the best possible placement of the implant. During this time, we will review your options for anesthesia and answer any questions you may have about the treatment. It is our goal to ensure that every patient feels well informed and confident about their treatment prior to the surgical visit.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The surgical procedure to place your dental implants is typically the next step of treatment. If extensive extraction or bone grafting procedures must be completed to prepare the mouth to receive implants, these procedures may be performed in advance of your dental implant placement to ensure that the mouth has ample time to heal.
Next, the oral surgeon will restore the empty tooth site by placing the dental implant post into its proper position in the jaw bone. An anesthetic will be administered to maximize comfort during the surgery, and the type used will have been determined by you and your surgeon during your initial consultation. All of our surgeons are highly trained in the administration of anesthesia, and dental implant placement is an outpatient procedure that should not take more than an hour or two.
Once the implant has been placed, the surgical site will be closed, and you will begin the healing process. Some patients use a temporary prosthesis so that they do not have to go without teeth during this healing phase. Typically, a few months of healing time are required to allow the implant to integrate with the jaw bone. The oral surgeon will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure that the proper steps are taken to maximize implant success. A connective piece will eventually be attached to the dental implant post to anchor your new crown to the implant. Once your jaw has healed, your general dentist will attach the new tooth or bridge to the implant, and you can begin reaping the benefits of your new smile.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or your upcoming procedure, please contact our office in Kennewick, WA. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule your consultation with Drs. Teeples, Toponce, Cooper, or Reddinger.