Dental Implant Surgery for Strong, Stable Tooth Replacement

After dental implant surgery provided by his partner oral surgeon in Orland Park, IL, Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey can provide you with a new dental restoration that looks and feels natural. Dental implants are small, screw-like titanium posts that simulate tooth roots. In order to create a strong anchor for your replacement teeth, they are surgically inserted in the jaw during an outpatient procedure. Several months later, when they have integrated with your jaw bone, Dr. Coffey can attach your crown, bridge, or denture. Our oral surgeon has extensive experience in the placement of dental implants and will ensure that each implant is placed in an optimal position for successful treatment.

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

Prior to undergoing any procedure, you will meet with Dr. Coffey for an in-depth consultation. He will carefully examine your teeth and gums to ensure you meet the qualifications for dental implants. Not only should you have healthy gums free from periodontal disease, but you must also have sufficient bone density to support the implants. Patients lacking in bone density may need a bone graft to improve density prior to implant surgery. Dr. Coffey will outline any preliminary procedures you may need in detail, and go over a general timeline for your treatment. He will also work with you to determine the type of restoration that will work best for you.

Our oral surgeon has extensive experience in the placement of dental implants and will ensure that each implant is placed in an optimal position for successful treatment.

If you do not require any additional procedures, Dr. Coffey and his oral surgeon can begin to plan your dental implant surgery. Because an implant is not necessary for each missing tooth, it is important to select a placement that will provide you with the most benefits. The placement is carefully planned out ahead of time using x-rays of your jaw bone. Once preliminary procedures and the planning stage are complete, you will be scheduled for your surgery.

What to Expect During Dental Implant Surgery

When you arrive for surgery, you will be provided with some form of  dental sedation so you will feel relaxed and comfortable during surgery. Using a surgical guide that outlines the predetermined placement for the implants, the oral surgeon will create small pilot holes in your jaw. The surgeon can then insert the implants, typically with a bone growth supplement. Depending on the location and number of missing teeth, you may be provided with a temporary restoration to help with dental function during your recovery.

Dental Implant Surgery Recovery

It will take approximately three to six months for your implants to fuse to your jawbone and for your gums to heal. It is important to avoid any overly crunchy or hard foods during this time. Forceful biting can cause the implants to move, which can result in implant failure. We will closely monitor your healing progress to avoid any complications. Once the implants are stable, you will return to our office so we can take impressions for your final restoration. We will send these impressions to a local dental lab where a technician will craft your custom restoration. It can take about two weeks for this process. Once your restoration is ready, Dr. Coffey will affix it to the abutments of your implants and ensure a secure and comfortable fit.

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Dental implant surgery does involve several steps. However, in our experience most patients find the process is easier than they expected. To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation.

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