The Phases of
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery can help to replace missing teeth, restoring proper form to your smile and protecting your oral health. For our patients' convenience, we can perform all aspects of dental implant surgery in-house, so we can ensure the highest quality care throughout treatment. Dr. Stephen C. Dowell is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and stays up to date on the latest dental techniques. Combining dental expertise and advanced technology, we can perform safe, precise dental implant procedures before placing your custom-made restoration at our Carrollton, OH, practice.
After dental implant placement, patients must undergo a four to six month healing period
before receiving their final restorations.
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace tooth roots. An implant can retain a number of restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. The procedure involves several steps, each of which we can perform at our office for your convenience.
Prior to surgery, we will schedule a consultation to evaluate your oral health and smile. Our office is equipped with advanced technology to ensure precise results. We can use our intraoral camera to view a detailed images of your teeth and our cone-beam computed tomography (CT) system to take 3-D scans of your smile. These will help your dentist determine if you have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implants. If you are not eligible for treatment, we may recommend a preliminary bone graft procedure to restore candidacy. If you decide to proceed with the implant procedure, our team will design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
Placing Dental Implants
Before your procedure, we can administer a local anesthetic and provide oral sedation to ensure your comfort. If you have been prescribed an oral sedative, your doctor will instruct you to take this pill either the night before or 30 minutes to one hour prior to surgery. When you are ready, your doctor will create a small incisions in the gums and create space for your dental implant. He will then carefully embed the implant post into your jawbone. Next, your doctor may place a healing cap over the implant to ensure optimal results before closing the incision with sutures.
Healing can take three to six months. During this recovery period, the implant will fuse with jawbone tissue in a process called osseointegration, creating a strong foundation for your custom restorations.
Abutments and Restorations
Once your implants are fully integrated with your jawbone, you will return to our office for the last stage of surgery. During this procedure, our team will reopen your incisions, remove the healing cap, and attach an abutment to the top of each implant. The abutment is a connector device that will join your implant to your restoration. We will then close the incisions around the abutment. After approximately two more weeks of recovery, you will be ready to receive your custom-made restorations.
For our patients' convenience, we can perform all aspects of dental implant surgery in-house, so we can ensure the highest quality care throughout treatment.
During your next appointment, our team will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to manufacture your restoration. Once your prosthetic is ready, we can attach it to the abutment, revealing a new, enhanced smile.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Dowell Dental Group, we use the most advanced technology and techniques to provide patients with comfortable, safe treatments. If you are ready to restore your smile with dental implants, contact us today to set up a consultation.
We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. Doctors at Dowell Dental Group are also available around the clock to help in the event of an emergency. Please call our main line for more information.Dowell Dental Group