Dental implant surgery actually involves two procedures. The first involves placing the dental implants in the jaw. The second is a minor surgery in which the implants and surrounding gum tissue are prepared for the restorations. Dental surgeon Keith Kelley in Troy, MI, explains the entire process of receiving dental implants, from the initial surgery to the placement of the final restoration.
In general, there are five major steps involved in receiving implants.
First, Dr. Kelley will carefully plan your surgery by assessing the state of your jaw. He will look for any bone recession, and determine the best placement sites for your implants. During your consultation, he will also determine how many implants you need.
Like many patients who have lost teeth, you may have suffered some bone recession, a natural side effect of tooth loss. Eventually, this can cause the jaw to become unable to support implants. In this case, Dr. Kelley may recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift, which are processes of replacing lost bone tissue to accommodate implants. They involve using donor tissue to rebuild your jaw and restore your implant candidacy. These surgeries can require several months of healing time, but can prepare your jaw for a lifetime of restored comfort and function.
Patient education is important to the success of dental implant surgery, and as Dr. Kelley's patient, you can expect to be informed at every stage of treatment.
Once you are comfortable and relaxed, Dr. Kelley will create small incisions in your gum tissue. Next, he will place your implant posts in your jawbone. Once all implants are in place, Dr. Kelley will close the incisions with dissolvable sutures, completely covering the implants to facilitate integration. Full integration of the implants and bone tissue takes four to six months. When this process is complete, you will undergo a second minor surgery. The gums are incised, abutment pieces are attached to the implants to serve as the connection point with your restorations, and the gums are sutured to foster healing in a way that leaves the abutments exposed above the gum line.
It will take about two weeks for your gums to heal following the placement of your abutments. Once healing is complete, you will return to our office. Dr. Kelley will take impressions of the abutments, your jaws, and any surrounding teeth. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your crown, bridge, or denture. When your restoration is ready, Dr. Kelley will attach it to your implants. At this point, any necessary adjustments can be made in order to achieve a precise and comfortable fit.
Patient education is important to the success of dental implant surgery, and as Dr. Kelley's patient, you can expect to be informed at every stage of treatment. To learn more about what you can expect from implant surgery, contact Dr. Kelley's office online or call (248) 918-0594.
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