What to Expect During Dental Implant Surgery

Dr. James M. Stein is a certified prosthodontist who can perform all stages of dental implant surgery at our Boston, MA, practice. His state-of-the-art technology allows him to precisely place the implants in the jawbone during an outpatient procedure. He can then design and attach a durable and aesthetically pleasing implant-supported restoration, such as a crown, dental bridge, or denture so you can enjoy your favorite foods again and smile with renewed confidence. 

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

Smiling dental implant patient holding mirror in her handsBefore undergoing dental implant surgery, Dr. Stein will thoroughly review your medical history and examine your teeth and jaw with digital x-rays to ensure you are a good candidate for this procedure. If he sees any sign of bone degeneration, a common effect of tooth loss, he may first recommend that you undergo a bone grafting procedure to ensure the success of your implants.

Having your procedure performed by an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Stein, can significantly lower your risk for complications.

Because of his extensive background in dental implant solutions, Dr. Stein can provide an array of dental implants, including Nobel Biocare, Straumann, and 3i, and sedation catered to meet your unique needs. After a detailed consultation, he will create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with pre-surgical instructions to follow in order to better prepare for the procedure.

A Closer Look at the Treatment Timeline

Dental implant surgery can be completed in four general steps.

Dental Implant Placement

Before surgery, Dr. Stein will administer local anesthesia and sedation, if needed, to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Dr. Stein will then use computer-guided technology to place the implants in the optimal position to ensure their success and longevity. He will carefully close the incision, or in some cases, place a temporary restoration.

Osseointegration

The next step of treatment includes an extensive healing period, during which a process known as osseointegration will take place. This four to sixth-month phase will provide the implants the time they need to properly fuse with your jawbone, which will create a firm foundation for your restoration.

Dr. Stein and the staff will give you post-surgical instructions to follow, such as care of the surgical site, certain foods to avoid, and medications to take to ensure a smooth recovery. It is not uncommon to experience minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising following surgery. During this time, you will attend the necessary follow-up appointments so Dr. Stein can monitor your recovery.

Abutment Placement

Once you have adequately healed, Dr. Stein will then place the abutments. This minimally invasive surgical procedure involves a small incision in the gums in order for Dr. Stein to attach the small connector pieces over the top of your implants. Recovery from this step generally takes about two weeks.

Restoration Design and Placement

Dr. Stein will then use digital impressions to design your implant-supported restoration. For dental crowns, we can provide same-day design and placement thanks to our Planmeca Fit digital scanned intra-oral dental CAD/CAM system. Once completed, he will permanently attach your restoration to the implant.

Risks of Dental Implant Surgery

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with dental implant surgery, which can include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Short-term or long-term numbness
  • Injury to surrounding teeth or gums
  • Sinus issues

However, choosing an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Stein, will significantly lower your risk for complications. Caring for your dental implant-supported restorations is much like caring for your natural teeth. You can prolong the life of your implants by brushing your teeth twice at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Successful Surgery with a Surgeon You Can Trust

If you have recently experienced tooth loss, Dr. Stein can rejuvenate your smile with dental implants and a lifelike implant-supported restoration. Contact our practice online today or call (617) 227-6076 to learn more about your candidacy for dental implant surgery.