Candidates for Dental Implants
To receive dental implants, patients should be in good general and oral health. Tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems should first receive treatment to ensure a healthy foundation for their implants. For patients with systemic health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes, we may recommend traditional, nonsurgical tooth replacement solutions. You must also have sufficient jawbone density to support implants.
The Dental Implants Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Stein will review your medical history and thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw with advanced imaging technology. Based off the results, he can determine if implants are the right course of action for you, and if so, where they are best placed.
Based on his findings and the type of restoration you choose, Dr. Stein will prepare a treatment timeline to fit your needs and budget. In cases where periodontal disease and jawbone recession have been detected, you may need to undergo preliminary procedures to prepare your jawbone. This stage can consist of extractions or periodontal care to remove bacteria. You may also require bone graft surgery in order to strengthen your jawbone mass. Bone graft surgery will add four to nine months to the overall treatment timeline. If you require a sinus lift to provide more room for implants, you will also require an additional four to nine months to heal before receiving your implants.
If you have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift or bone graft to enhance your candidacy.
Formally trained in two key implant systems, including Straumann and 3i, Dr. Stein can develop a precise surgical plan that meets your unique oral health requirements. 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. At this time, you will also discuss other logistics of your procedure, such as costs, surgical expectations, and the timeline.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Dr. Stein has been extensively trained in implant placement and is able to perform your surgery himself as an out-patient procedure. He can use computer-guided technology to effectively insert the implant into the strongest areas of your jawbone. This technology eliminates the need for incisions and sutures, promoting faster healing.
After administering anesthetic and sedation to keep you comfortable, Dr. Stein will make a small incision in the gums and bone below. He will then thread a titanium post through each hole, anchoring it into the jawbone. The doctor may attach temporary restorations to protect the site. Dr. Stein is proud to have CAD/CAM technology in the office, which can create prosthetics in as little as an hour.
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.
Having your procedure performed by an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Stein, can significantly lower your risk for complications.
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.
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
While you are healing, Dr. Stein will work with the finest technicians at our partner dental laboratory to design your customized restoration using the latest implant design systems and technology available. 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 check the fit and design. If no adjustments are required, he can fasten your dental crown, dental bridge, or denture over the abutments for a completely restored smile.
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.
At our dental practice, Dr. Stein can design a dental implant treatment to fit your needs and timeline.