Welcome to My Dental Tips. I am Dr Shervin from Artistic Dental Studio with another blog.
I will continue with the second blog of “Dental Implant in Simple Language” today, and I will be giving you some information about the second stage or “surgical phase” of this treatment.
This is the phase people are afraid of, and it is quite understandable. There are different options for this phase in modern implant dentistry.
Let’s categorize them based on the time of implant placement:
There are two options:
- Immediate implant placement after tooth extraction: in this method, implant is placed immediately after hopeless tooth removal.
- Delayed implant placement 3-4 months after extraction: depending on the situation, dentist may prefer to wait after extraction for the area to heal, then place the implant.
There is another category based on the method used during surgery:
Again, there are two options:
- Conventional approach: In some cases, dentist may like to create a flap in gum and expose the bone, so they can directly see the site for implant placement.
- Guided method: in this method, implant placement is done virtually on computer, and a template is used to put implant in the planned position. Therefore, dentist could insert the implant without incising the gum and no stitches are required.
Based on the findings of previous consultations (phase one, diagnostics), dentist chooses the best method for each individual case.
At our practice, we strive to do implants by guided method as much as we can. The reason is because recovery time is much shorter, post-op complications (bleeding, swelling, bruising, and pain) are milder, and patients are much happier as a result.
As you can see, implant treatment is no longer a long and painful procedure.
After this phase, patients need to take it easy for a couple of days (depending on the extension of the operation) and take analgesics and antibiotics (in some cases) for a few days.
In some cases, we are even able to do extraction, implant placement, and temporary crown on top of implant all in one session!
How cool is that?!
This way, patient would never experience an empty space, and recovery time would be even shorter.
After 2-4 months, patient is ready for the third (restorative phase), in which implant(s) are restored with a permanent crown or denture.
Please stick around for the next blog on the third phase.
Have a good day!