How long is the dental implant procedure?
The length of your dental implant procedure will vary based on the number of implants you are receiving. In general, a single implant will take between 30 and 60 minutes, and multiple implants can take from one to three hours.
What if there is not enough bone in my jaw for a secure implant placement?
When teeth are missing for a prolonged time, loss of bone in the jaw can occur. When there is not enough bone in the jaw for a secure implant placement, the oral surgeons at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego may perform a bone grafting procedure to restore the bone in areas that are lacking. Once the bone grafting site has healed, your dental implant or implants can be placed securely.
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Once your doctor has indicated that enough healing has occurred, you can brush and floss your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. If you keep your mouth healthy and see your dentist regularly, your implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
What is the recovery like after dental implant placement?
It takes several weeks of healing for the implants to fuse with the bone beneath the gums. Aside from an initial diet of soft foods and then avoiding excess chewing pressure on the implant sites, most patients are back to their regular routines within a few days after the placement of their implants. Your oral surgeon will fully explain your aftercare instructions before your treatment begins.
When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant posts?
The replacement teeth, or crowns, are attached to the implants in your jaw once enough healing has occurred. The timing of this phase of your treatment will depend on a few factors. Your oral surgeon will see you during a follow-up appointment to see how you’re healing and will determine the best time for your crown placement at that time.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Don’t worry, you will not undergo any treatment until you are at ease. You will receive the anesthesia that you and your doctor decided upon during your consultation appointment and will not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. You’re in excellent hands at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego — our oral surgeons are trained in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation. After surgery, we find that most of our patients are back to their regular routines quickly. You will be provided with detailed pre- and post-surgical instructions to make your procedure and recovery go as smoothly as possible.
Will I have temporary teeth while my implants heal?
There are many options regarding temporary replacement teeth while your implants are healing. Removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made, and in the case of multiple implants, your existing denture can be modified. In some cases, a new temporary denture will be made. If you would like nonremovable teeth during the healing phase of your treatment, temporary transitional crowns can sometimes be placed. You and your doctor will discuss all of your options in detail before your procedure.
Where can I get dental implants?
If you are interested in receiving dental implant treatment from an experienced oral surgeon in the San Diego, CA, area, our oral surgeons, Drs. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton, are available to meet with you for a consultation. Our doctors are trusted dental implant specialists and highly skilled in the full scope of oral surgery procedures.
We are always happy to hear from you. Please feel free to contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego at (619) 287-5000 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.