Dental Implant Surgery: Steps From Pre-Op to Recovery

Dental Implant Surgery: Steps From Pre-Op to Recovery By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | November 10, 2022

Dental implants are a great way to restore function and beauty to your smile. If you’re considering dental implant surgery, you’ll want to be well-informed about the entire process—from pre-op to recovery.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from what to expect during the surgery to how to care for yourself during the healing process.

We hope this information helps make your surgical experience as smooth and stress-free as possible!

What are the Steps of Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces natural teeth with artificial ones. The surgery is usually fairly straightforward and is typically an outpatient procedure. This means that patients can go home the same day after their procedure.

An oral surgeon usually performs dental implant surgery. The dental implant process generally involves the following steps:

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is an important step in the dental implant surgery process.

During this visit, your oral surgeon will evaluate your natural teeth, gum tissue, and jaw bone to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. They will also take X-rays and photographs of your mouth to develop an implant treatment plan.

Once your oral surgeon has determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, they will schedule the surgery.

The initial consultation is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the surgery and get to know your oral surgeon.

Preparation

The preparation stage of dental implant surgery is crucial for the success of the procedure. During this stage, if the damaged tooth that the implant will replace is still present, it will be removed.

In addition, a sinus lift and bone grafting may be necessary to provide a solid foundation for the implant.

However, not everyone will have to undergo tooth extraction, a bone graft, or sinus augmentation. While these procedures are important for to increase the success of the outcome, they are performed only when needed.

Implant Installation

The implant, or metal post, is placed into the jawbone during this step. The implant is usually made of titanium and is designed to fuse with the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth.

First, the area around the implant site will be numbed with local anaesthesia. Next, the oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and expose the jaw bone. Using a drill, they will create a small hole in the bone and insert the implant. The implant will be left to heal for several months.

Osseointegration

The osseointegration stage of dental implant surgery is when the titanium post placed in the jaw bone begins to fuse with the bone. This usually takes between four and six months.

During this time, it is important to avoid putting any pressure on the implant, as this can interfere with osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, the titanium post will be securely attached to the jaw bone and will provide a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

Abutment Placement

One of the most important stages of dental implant surgery is abutment placement. This is the process of attaching the abutment, a small connector piece, to the implant. It connects the implant to the natural teeth, gum tissue, and jaw bone.

First, the oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the implant. Next, the abutment will be placed on the implant and secured with screws. Finally, the incision in the gum will be closed with sutures.

In some cases, this step is completed during the initial implant surgery. However, it may also be done during a separate appointment once the implant has fused with the surrounding jaw bone.

Dental Implant Placement

Following a two-week recovery period, a natural-looking artificial tooth (also known as a dental prosthesis) is attached to the abutment. This could be a crown, bridge, or denture.

Porcelain or ceramic can be used to make the prosthetic dental crown. The colour and shape are designed to match your normal teeth, giving you confidence to show off your beautiful smile.

Healing and Recovery

After dental implant surgery, giving your mouth time to heal and recover is important. The healing process is different for everyone, but there are a few things you can do to have a smooth recovery and healing:

  • Eating: Stick to soft foods for the first few weeks after surgery. Gradually add more solid foods back into your diet as your healing progresses.
  • Brushing and Flossing: Be gentle when brushing and flossing around your implants. Avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush, and be careful not to floss too tightly.
  • Smoking: Quitting smoking is important for healing after surgery, but it’s especially important after dental implant surgery. Smoking can delay healing time. It can also increase the risk of complications.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for healing after dental implant surgery. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: It’s important to attend all your follow-up appointments after dental implant surgery. These appointments allow your dentist to check on your healing progress and ensure everything is going smoothly.

Healing takes time, but following these tips will help you recover quickly and reduce your risk of complications. Dental implants are a safe way to replace missing teeth; with proper care, your new teeth can last many years!

Are You Put to Sleep During Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure, but it can still be daunting for some patients.

One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not patients are put to sleep during surgery. The answer to this question depends on individual factors. Some of these include the number of implants being placed, the patient’s level of anxiety, and the complexity of the procedure.

Local anesthesia numbs the area around the implant site, while general anaesthesia puts patients to sleep throughout the surgery. Sedation is often used with local anaesthesia to help keep patients calm and relaxed. The type of anaesthesia and sedation used will be determined based on the patient’s needs and preferences.

With today’s technological advances, dental implant surgery is typically quick and easy with minimal discomfort.

What is the Duration of the Dental Implant Procedure?

The duration of the dental implant procedure will depend on a few factors, like the number of implants being placed and whether or not there are any complications.

In most cases, the procedure can be completed in one day. However, in some cases where multiple implants are being placed, or there are complications, an overnight stay may be necessary.

Who is Authorised to Perform Dental Implant Surgery?

When it comes to dental implant surgery, you want to know that you are in good hands. This is a serious procedure that can significantly impact your oral health, so you want to be sure that the person performing the surgery is authorised to do so.

In most cases, this means finding an oral surgeon trained and certified in dental implants. They will have the experience and expertise necessary to ensure that the surgery goes smoothly and that you end up with natural-looking, functional teeth.

If you are considering dental implant surgery, find a qualified oral surgeon authorised to perform the procedure.

Final Thoughts

Dental implant surgery is a complex process, and it’s important to be as prepared as possible before undergoing the procedure.

In this article, we’ve outlined some key steps in the dental implant surgery process, from pre-op preparations to post-operative care. We hope that this information will help you feel more confident and comfortable with the idea of dental implant surgery.

Remember, however, that every patient is unique, and your experience may differ from what is described here. Follow your oral surgeon’s instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to ask questions if anything is unclear.

If you’re considering dental implants as an option for restoring your smile, book a consultation appointment through our website or call Darch Dental Care! We’d love to help you achieve that beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

There are many reasons why a person might want to get dental implants. Here are some of them.

  1. Unlike natural teeth anchored in the gums and jaw bone, implants are placed directly in the jaw bone. Endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants provide a much more secure foundation for false teeth.
  2. Implants can help preserve the jaw bone’s natural shape, preventing bone loss and retaining the facial structure by stimulating bone growth.
  3. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like normal teeth.
  4. They are designed to last decades or longer, with proper care.
  5. They are strong and durable and can be used to replace one or more teeth.
  6. They replace natural tooth roots. and can help to prevent gum tissue from receding.
  7. Dental implants are resistant to tooth decay.

If you’re considering dental implants, you might be wondering if a bone graft is necessary. The short answer is that it depends on your situation. A bone graft is a separate procedure that can help improve the success and longevity of a dental implant, but it’s not always required.

Here’s a closer look at some of the factors that can influence whether or not you need a bone graft for dental implants:

  • The health of your natural teeth: If you have healthy teeth and gum tissue, you will likely have enough bone density for dental implants. However, if you’ve lost teeth or had periodontal disease, there’s a chance that your jaw bone has deteriorated. In this case, a bone graft may be necessary.
  • The density of your jaw bone: The denser your jaw bone is, the more likely it is that dental implants will be successful. A healthy jaw bone is needed for dental implants. If you have a less dense jaw bone, a bone graft can help to increase the density and improve the chances of success.
  • Your overall health: In general, people who are healthy enough for routine dental procedures like fillings and cleanings are also healthy enough for dental implants. However, if you have certain medical conditions (such as diabetes), you may be at higher risk for complications from dental implants. In this case, your doctor may recommend a bone graft to improve the chances of success.

Ultimately, whether or not you need a bone graft for dental implants is something that should be discussed with your oral surgeon. They’ll be able to assess your situation and give you the most appropriate recommendation for dental treatment.

It’s common to wonder whether dental implants are painful to get. After all, the surgery involves placing a metal implant post in the jawbone, which doesn’t sound like a comfortable experience.

However, dental implants are typically not painful during the procedure. The area around the tooth implant will be numbed with local anaesthesia before the surgery begins. You may feel some pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. In fact, many people report that dental implant surgery is less painful than they anticipated.

Recovery from dental implant surgery can take a few weeks, and you may experience some soreness and discomfort during this time. However, pain medication can help manage mild pain or any discomfort you’re experiencing. Overall, dental implants are a safe way to replace missing teeth, and most people find that they’re not as painful as they feared.

The surgical procedure for dental implants is usually pretty straightforward, but it’s important to know that there is a recovery period afterwards. Most people heal within two to four weeks, and the implant should be integrated into the jawbone after about six months.

There can be some mild discomfort during the healing process, and it’s important to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions for implant, dental, and oral care. This includes eating only soft foods and avoiding hard or sticky candy. Some people also experience some swelling of the gum tissue, but this usually goes down within a week or so.

Recovery times vary from person to person, but dental implant surgery is generally a relatively safe and effective way to replace missing teeth.

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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