What You Need to Know Before Your Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are the best restorative option available for patients with severely damaged or missing teeth. This treatment is designed to replace the entire structure of the tooth, from root to crown. The implant is embedded in the jawbone, replacing the tooth's root. A dental restoration, which replaces the crown of the tooth, is then attached to the implant. The dental implant procedure is performed in stages to allow enough time for healing between each step. Our staff can help you understand everything that you need to know before your dental implant surgery at our Queens office. If you have decided to have dental implants placed and have questions about any step of the process, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clifford Degel or Dr. Carmen Every-Degel.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone. After placement, the implants are allowed to heal and fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. When the implants are firmly embedded in the jawbone, a process that takes three to six months, the dental restoration is placed. Dental implants can be restored with a crown, bridge, or denture, which will be custom designed to complement your features.
When you come in for your initial consultation with one of our dentists, we will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and recommend preparatory treatment, if it is needed.
We will use X-rays and other imaging techniques to get a clear picture of your existing bone structure and the underlying condition of your teeth. This allows our dentists to identify any existing dental health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Periodontal disease and tooth decay will need to be treated before dental implant surgery can be scheduled.
The X-ray images will also allow us to evaluate the patient's jawbone density. Patients must have enough healthy bone tissue to support the implants. If bone density is insufficient, a bone grafting procedure will be performed before the implant can be placed.
Your bite will also be analyzed to determine if malocclusion is contributing to chronic teeth grinding, a problem that can affect the outcome of the implant procedure.
Developing the Surgical Plan
Prior to implant surgery, our dentists will discuss your dental concerns and goals with you to tailor your treatment plan to your unique needs. We will also use imaging technology to plan out the number of implants that will be used, and determine precisely where they will be placed within the jaw.
It is very important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully to ensure the best results possible.
- Fill any prescription medications before your procedure so that you can rest following surgery.
- You will need to have another adult drive you home after your procedure because you will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia.
- Be sure to wear loose, comfortable, open-collared clothing on the day of your procedure.
Contact Our Office
If you have questions about any step of the dental implant process, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.