What to Expect from Your Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jaw to replace missing teeth. Implants can support a variety of restorations, such as crowns, to deliver a natural and aesthetically pleasing look. Single teeth can be easily replaced with a single post and restoration, and patients in need of more extensive treatment may receive a row or even a full arch of implants.
Dr. Teddi Olszewski performs dental implant surgery in Northampton, MA, effectively restoring patients' missing teeth while fortifying the jaw in order to prevent the bone deterioration that typically follows tooth loss. If you are considering dental implant surgery to restore health to your smile, we encourage you to pursue treatment as soon as possible.
Preparing for Surgery
To prepare for your first surgery, you will need to follow the instructions that you are given during your consultation:
- Arrange for transportation home from the doctor’s office after surgery.
- Make arrangements to rest at home for the first week or so of your recovery.
- You may need to make some minor lifestyle changes prior to surgery, as patients need to be in good general health to ensure successful recovery: you will need to forgo smoking and heavy alcohol consumption for some time.
The First Surgery
When you arrive at the office for surgery, you will be provided with a local or general anesthetic, depending upon the extent of your dental implant treatment. Dr. Olszewski will first cleanse the surgical area, then carefully access the jawbone through the gums. The implant post will be inserted in the jaw using precise instruments to ensure the proper depth and angle of placement. The final step of the procedure involves suturing the gums closed over the implant.
Dental implants have a documented success rate of over 95 percent, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option available today.
The jawbone will heal over four to six months as the process of osseointegration occurs, a period during which the implant actually fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent part of the patient's anatomy.
You will be advised on expected recovery time after implant surgery and will check in with Dr. Olszewski on a regular basis to ensure that the healing process is successful and timely. Follow-up surgery following implant placement is minor, and involves removing gum tissue around the dental implant in order to affix an abutment to the implant.
Your gums will need time to recover following this surgery as well, although the healing period will be much shorter. Once your gums have healed, you will make one more visit to the office to have your permanent restoration placed, which will restore full dental functionality. The implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture will be custom-made to match the shade, size, and shape of your existing teeth for a seamless blend with your smile.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Undergoing dental implant surgery is an important step in restoring form and function to your smile. Dental implants have a documented success rate of over 95 percent, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option available today. Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Olszewski and begin your journey towards a rejuvenated smile and a higher quality of life.