We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – preparing for a dental procedure pays off! By reading up on the treatment and communicating with your dentist prior to the big appointment, you’ll grow more mentally comfortable with what’s coming up. A comfortable patient is a calm patient, and we strive to ensure that everyone in our dental chairs feels good about their time in our office. Read on to learn more about dental implant surgery and begin to prepare for your implant placement.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Because dental implants are an involved procedure, the steps will differ for each patient. Your oral health, bone density, and age all play a factor. We’ve accounted for special cases and included a range of potential steps in this list.

  1. Bone graft. Bone grafts are necessary for patients lacking sufficient bone density. Because the implant is placed deep in your bone, it will need to offer adequate depth for the implant to be a success. Should you need a bone graft, you will then be required to heal for some time prior to implant placement.
  2. Strengthening oral health. If you are not in good dental/periodontal health, implant surgery could make you vulnerable to infection, and the implant could fail. We will guide you through the process of improving your oral health with hygiene tips, excellent products, and personalized care.
  3. CT Scan. We take CT scans of our patients’ jaws before every dental implant procedure, to ensure we know exactly where to place the implants and to allow us to precisely predict the results.
  4. Implant placement. During implant surgery, you will receive local anesthesia, which will prevent you from feeling discomfort. If you are anxious about treatment, we will offer dental sedation. Dr. Scotto will make an incision in your gums and place the implant in your jawbone. In some cases, we will not need to make an incision, but will be able to make a small punch and place the implant in the bone. This eliminates the need for sutures and fast tracks your healing. We may also be able to place abutments at this appointment.
  5. Healing. You will need several months to heal and ensure the implant is a success. During this time, follow the aftercare instructions we provide and get plenty of rest. This will stimulate tissue healing.
  6. Abutment placement. Abutments are connectors that hold your implants to the restorations. Depending on your case, you may receive abutments at the time of implant placement, rather than after some healing. After abutment placement, you will then recover for another period of time, before…
  7. Restoration placement. Your crowns, dentures, or other restorations will be connected to the implants. Your smile is whole and complete!

Deciding on Dental Implants

Implants may take a few months of healing, but they will provide a lifetime of tooth root replacement. If you’re interested in implants, give our office a call.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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