Dental Implant Placement Surgery – Washington, PA
Enjoy Stress-Free Dental Implant Placement
Are you ready to replace the teeth you’ve lost? Dental implants in Washington, PA are an excellent investment because they can last for several decades with the right care. Your treatment process will consist of multiple stages, beginning with placing your posts into your jawbone. Although this requires oral surgery, you have nothing to fear. Here’s what you can expect when replacing your missing teeth.
Why Choose Bartusiak Dental Care?
- Over 20 years of experience as an educator for implant dentistry.
- Provides surgical placement and restoration in-office.
- Embraces the latest technological advancements.
Preparing for Dental Implant Placement
The success of dental implants relies on your jawbone healing to the posts to support them for many years. You must also remain infection-free. To ensure your smile has everything it needs to thrive, you need an initial consultation with your dentist in Washington, PA. Besides a visual examination, you also need a CT scan to assess your oral structures.
The images are used to determine the health of your jawbone. The results of the scan may show you need additional procedures before placing your implant posts, such as periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, bone grafting, or a sinus lift.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
After you’ve healed from any previous procedures, you’re scheduled for your placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort, so you will need a friend or loved one to drive you to and from our office.
Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jaw to allow small holes to be drilled into pre-selected areas of the bone. The implant posts are placed onto the holes, and your gum tissue is sutured closed to begin the healing process which will take several months.
The implant posts mimic your tooth roots, which stimulate your jaw. This encourages new bone growth to allow your jaw to fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. Although it may be difficult waiting for your bone to heal, it’s essential to ensure your jaw can support the posts long-term.
Recovering from Dental Implant Placement
As with any surgery, there will be a healing process, but there’s no need to worry. Many people say the recovery is no worse than a tooth extraction.
Before your placement surgery, we take the time to review your go-home instructions to ensure you heal without any unexpected complications. It’s normal for there to be some slight bleeding at the surgical sites, but it will stop shortly. If you experience any discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers can help. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your face for 10-minute intervals to limit any swelling or bruising.
It’s best to stick to soft foods for a few days until any discomfort subsides. You’ll also need to maintain your oral hygiene but be careful when cleaning near the surgical sites.
Schedule Your Consultation
There’s no need to worry about your upcoming placement surgery. We explain the entire process and answer your questions to give you the peace of mind you need to head into your procedure with confidence. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.