Prior to beginning your procedure, patients are typically provided with anesthesia to control discomfort and to help you relax. Patient safety is our priority. As such, a trained anesthesiologist will be brought in to properly administer anesthesia. It is important to note that patients should arrange a ride to and from their appointment as you will be unable to drive.
To begin the procedure, the doctor will make a precise incision in the gums at the predetermined implant site to expose the bone. The implant posts will then be inserted deep into the jawbone to allow for an accurate, secure foundation. The incision is then sutured closed. Once the procedure is complete, patients will need to wait for the bone and implant to fully fuse to complete the rest of the process. This is known as osseointegration and generally takes anywhere from four to six months.
You should plan to rest the day of surgery to allow your body to relax and heal. Typically, patients can return to work after a day or two. You should also avoid strenuous activities such as exercising, bending, or lifting for approximately three to four days. While the amount of rest required depends on the extent of your surgical procedure, it is recommended that you always follow your doctor’s post-surgical instructions to prevent complications.
We hold every aspect of your procedure to the highest standards and guide our patients through recovery.
Patients can brush their teeth as soon as the night of the surgery; however, it is important to be as gentle as possible. A salt water rinse should be done several times per day.
To address swelling the day of your procedure, you may use cold packs or ice for intervals of approximately 20 minutes. Following this 24-hour period, it is recommended that patients utilize a hot compress. As it is an invasive procedure, patients may experience some mild pain, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication.