An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for Dental Implants. You will be evaluated based upon a number of things including dental health, life-style, jawbone quality, and oral hygiene habits. In close consultation with your own dentist, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can plan your Dental Implant treatment program.
Dental Implant surgery is often done in an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s office. In some cases, the procedure is done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. In any event, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can determine the most appropriate setting based on your individual needs.
A Two-Phase Procedure. For most patients, the placement of Dental Implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the Dental Implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. These small devices make up the framework needed to securely hold replacement teeth. For the first three to six months following surgery, the Dental Implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet.
A Single-Phase Procedure. Some patients are candidates for immediate Dental Implant placement if conditions are favorable; however, your condition is unique and must be evaluated carefully to determine if you would benefit from single-phase Dental Implant placement.
Additional procedures may be necessary in combination with the placement of dental implants (bone graft, sinus lift, platelet-rich plasma, etc.).
Some patients do report minor pain and swelling immediately after the procedure but most experience no change in their daily routines.