Dental Implant Placement – Oklahoma City, OK
Using Safety and Precision to Restore Your Smile
If you’re looking for a dental professional who can take care of the entire dental implant placement process, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Joe Isaacson offers a comprehensive experience, meaning you can have the planning and implantation of your dental implants in Oklahoma City completed all under one roof. Although the procedure takes several months to complete, the result is a beautiful, fully restored smile you can be proud to show. Read on to learn more about what you can expect.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Depending on the number of teeth you are replacing with dental implants, the procedure for placing an implant can take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. If you are seeing Dr. Isaacson for implant-retained dentures, it will most likely take longer.
Before starting, Dr. Isaacson will administer an anesthetic to numb the appropriate areas where the surgery will take place. Once he is satisfied that you are comfortable, he will begin by making a small incision in your gum line. Drilling a small hole into your jawbone, he will place the implant. You will be able to see the top of the implant above the gum line. He will then stitch the incision closed, and you’ll be on your way to allow your gums to heal and for the implant and bone to properly fuse together.
When Are Customized Crowns Placed?
After a period of 3 to 6 months, you’ll return to our office where your dentist in Oklahoma City will evaluate your implant sites and determine if they are ready to receive the customized crown. But first, he will place an abutment, which will help to connect the crown to the implant. It will take a few weeks for your gums jawbone to adjust to this new fixture.
Once you’ve healed from having your abutment placed, he will attach your custom-made dental crown. This will be matched to your natural tooth color, size, and shape, giving you a blended and seamless smile.
The Healing Process
Once your new smile in fully restored, there will be some time you’ll need to spend relaxing and healing from the procedure. In the few days after your procedure, be sure to relax and get some well-needed rest. You’ll also want to:
- Manage your pain with the medicine prescribed by your dentist in OKC
- Sleep with a propped-up pillow to reduce swelling and encourage positive blood flow
- Avoid hot or cold drinks on the first day
- Continue brushing your other teeth as normal but avoid the surgical sites for the first few days
- Use a cold compress on your cheek to help reduce additional swelling