Understanding the Dental Implant Procedure

Tooth loss may result from poor oral hygiene, trauma to the face, or aging. If you have lost teeth and are looking for a long-term solution in Vero Beach, FL, the team at Planes Dental Arts places and restores implants during a dental implant procedure. Dr. Alex Planes offers his years of experience to ensure safe and comfortable care throughout your treatment. 

What are the Preparatory Procedures Involved?

Dental implants may require one or more procedures, depending on the unique needs of the patient. Depending on the results of your initial examination, Dr. Planes may recommend a number of preparatory procedures to make sure you have the best chance of success.  

Dental implants require the expertise of a skilled dentist who is committed to lifelong learning. 

For example, if Dr. Planes determines that your jaw is not currently strong enough to support a dental implant, you may need to undergo a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure. After a healing time of about six months, you would then be able to proceed with the dental implant procedure. He can also perform a tooth extraction to remove a badly damaged tooth or periodontal treatment to ensure your gum health before implant placement. 

What Happens during Surgical Implant Placement?

On the day of surgery, we will begin your dental implant procedure by administering anesthesia. For one or two simple implants, local anesthesia may be all that is needed. For more complex cases, sedation may be provided, as well. The surgical site is will be flushed with a sterile saline solution throughout the procedure to minimize the risk of infection.

First, a small incision is created in the gum tissue to access the jawbone underneath. If the bone is rough or uneven, Dr. Planes may need to gently recontour the area. Next, he will use specialized instruments to prepare the jawbone for the implant. He will frequently assess the alignment and size of the hole and can use 3-D images or x-rays during the procedure to confirm, if necessary. The implant is then carefully positioned in the jaw. A healing cap is placed to protect the dental implant and stitches are used to close the site.

Why Is There a Second Surgery?

Before attaching a restoration, the bone must first heal and fuse with the implant through a process known as osseointegration. In general, this takes about three to six months. Once the dentist confirms that the bone and implant have successfully integrated, he will schedule a second procedure to re-expose the implant’s healing cap and place the abutment. This abutment serves as the point of connection between the implant and the restoration.

Before attaching a restoration, the bone must first heal and fuse with the implant through a process known as osseointegration. 

After you have fully recovered from this second surgery, we can take new x-rays or 3-D images of your jaw and teeth. If everything is healthy, we can create your final restoration and attach it to the abutment during your final visit.

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Dental implants require the expertise of a skilled dentist who is committed to lifelong learning. Dr. Planes is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and has also achieved Mastership status from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

At Planes Dental Arts, we understand that treatment can be costly. That is why we offer financing options, such as Denefits® and CareCredit®. If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at (772) 742-5030.

Dr. Alex Planes

Planes Dental Arts

Dr. Alex Planes provides excellent general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care at his offices in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, FL. Dr. Planes is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists

If you are ready to receive superior care in an inviting office environment, call (772) 617-4540 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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