At Carlson Family Dentistry, we will work with a qualified implant specialist to place your dental implant at our office. First, you’ll come in for an appointment with Dr. Carlson or Dr. Cade, and they will determine whether an implant is the right option for your needs.
If you’re approved, Dr. Cade and Dr. Carlson will work with an implant specialist to develop your implant placement plan. To begin your treatment, your implant specialist will clean and numb the treatment area. Then, a small opening will be made in the gum and jaw bone. The dental implant (a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium) will be secured into the proper position and your implant specialist will clean and disinfect the area, then suture it shut to promote healing.
You will be sent home to rest and recover. You may need to come back in for an appointment in a week or two to check your healing and have your sutures removed.
For a few days after your implant surgery, you will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and bleeding near the implant site. This is normal and will subside in time. We will give you a comprehensive set of instructions to help you recover as quickly as possible from your implant placement procedure.
You will likely need to eat mostly soft foods for up to 3 days after your procedure, and most patients start eating their normal diet within 3-7 days. After about a week, you should no longer be feeling pain, and after about two weeks, your mouth should feel totally normal.
However, it does take 3-6 months for the implant to completely bond (osseointegrate) with your jaw bone. Throughout this time, you will come into our office for follow-up appointments so we can track your healing process and create your restoration.
You will come back to our office several times in the weeks and months following your implant placement surgery. We will take impressions and images of your mouth and begin building your implant restoration (such as a dental crown) at this time.
Once your mouth has healed completely, you will come in for your final restoration placement appointment. Dr. Carlson or Dr. Cade will check the fit of your implant restoration to ensure that it looks and feels natural. Then, it will be bonded into place permanently, completing the procedure.