Dental Implant Procedure in Moses Lake, WA
Oral surgeons have specialized training and experience placing dental implants and are the most qualified providers to perform implant placements for your best long-term result safely. Our trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Johnson and Dr. McDonald, have many years of experience placing dental implants and are highly trained in the safe administration of in-office anesthesia and sedation to maintain your comfort throughout your procedure.
Your oral surgeon will perform the placement of the implant posts as well as any preparatory work in your mouth, such as extractions or bone grafts, and your restorative dentist will create the custom prosthesis (crown) that will match your existing teeth. The crowns will be permanently secured to the implant posts in your jaw bone and are based on digital 3D impressions that will be taken of your mouth to plan your surgery — the type of crowns you will receive can range from a single implant-supported crown to a full arch of new teeth. When you visit our offices in Wenatchee, WA or Moses Lake, WA, to meet with your oral surgeon, the two of you will discuss the options that are available to you and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
The surgical placement of your dental implants and any bone grafting procedures that you may require to prepare for successful implants will be performed at our Central Washington Oral & Facial Surgery practice in Moses Lake under intravenous (IV) sedation. Your procedure may vary slightly depending on your exact treatment plan, but will typically go as follows:
- Your consultation appointment. You will have a consultation appointment with your oral surgeon during which you will have a complete oral health assessment. During this appointment, 3D scans may be taken of your oral anatomy to create detailed surgical guides for your procedure. You will work closely with your oral surgeon during your consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan for your condition to ensure your best possible result.
- Your surgery. You will have chosen the type of anesthesia you will have during your surgery, and when you are ready, your oral surgeon will administer it so that you will not feel any discomfort during your procedure. During your procedure, your surgeon will make a small surgical incision in your gums and place the implant post into your jaw bone and stitch the surgical site closed. The implant post is the first part of a three-part tooth replacement that includes an abutment piece and a crown. Once the surgery is completed, you will have time to rest before your designated driver takes you home. A single implant placement procedure usually takes 30–60 minutes or about two to three hours for multiple implants.
- Your recovery. Your personal healing time depends on the condition of your jaw bone, your general health, and your body’s natural healing capabilities. Complete healing requires that your implant post has completed its fusion with your jaw bone via osseointegration — this can take several weeks’ time. However, patients are often back to their regular routines after just a couple of weeks, taking care to be gentle with the implant site until your surgeon tells you that complete healing has taken place. You may receive a temporary crown to wear during your recovery time. You will receive detailed post-operative instructions before you have your procedure.
- Placement of the abutment. Once enough healing has taken place, your oral surgeon will determine that it’s time to connect the abutment piece to your implant post. The abutment is the piece that will securely connect your new custom-made crown to your implant.
- Placement of the permanent crown. The placement of your crown is the final phase of your treatment. Your restorative dentist will fit your permanent, custom crown to the dental implant using the abutment piece. Now it’s time for you to show off your restored smile!
With the proper oral care and regular dental checkups, dental implants are designed to last a very long time. Our expert oral surgeons in Wenatchee, WA or Moses Lake, WA, are available to consult with you to develop a treatment plan based on your unique condition and tooth restoration goals. Please contact our offices in Wenatchee or Moses Lake, to learn more about how we can help you restore your smile with dental implants.