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Dental Implant Placement – Vienna, VA

What Can I Expect with Dental Implant Placement?

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Have you lost a tooth? Whether from decay, disease, or trauma, you need to have it replaced. A dental implant in Vienna is the most successful option because it replaces the tooth’s entire structure. An implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as an artificial root. This allows you to enjoy the next best thing to what nature gave you using a solution that can last for a lifetime, but you will need to undergo oral surgery. Although you may be a bit apprehensive, there is nothing to fear. Here is what you can expect during your dental implant placement surgery.

Preparing for Dental Implant Placement Surgery

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Before we can place your dental implant, we need to ensure the correct foundation is in place for your new smile. The long-term success of a dental implant relies on your jawbone’s ability to support it, so you will need a thorough consultation to assess your oral health and the density of your jaw. Besides a visual examination, a CT scan is used to see your oral structures in their entirety. We create a customized treatment plan using this information.

You may need additional procedures before placing your implant post, such as extracting a damaged tooth. If you have lost density in your jaw, you may need bone grafting, or a sinus lift to ensure your bone can support the post.

Placing the Dental Implant

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Sedation or anesthesia is used during your oral surgery to ensure a comfortable and pain-free experience while the post is inserted. Most often, a titanium post is used, but there are times when other materials can be suitable as well, such as ceramic. We will determine which meets your needs best during your initial consultation.

Your oral surgeon makes a small cut into your gum tissue to expose a predetermined location in your jawbone. Computer-guided technology is used to drill a small hole into the bone to insert the post. Your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow you to heal.

The implant post stimulates new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to the post through a process called osseointegration, which can take several months. After your jaw heals, you can begin the restoration phase of your treatment.

Recovering from Dental Implant Placement Surgery

Often, many patients report the recovery to be similar to having a tooth extracted. It is normal to experience:

Take any prescribed medications as recommended and follow your oral hygiene instructions while you recover. It is best to eat a soft diet for a couple of days, and then slowly reintroduce harder foods as you heal. It is best to avoid smoking or tobacco in any form because it can impact your body’s ability to heal and fight infections.

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We take the time to explain each step of your treatment and answer your questions to help you feel at ease about your upcoming procedure. Contact our office today to rebuild your smile with dental implants.

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