The doctors at Oral Surgery Associates perform all necessary procedures relating to the placement of dental implants. At our Monroe, LA, practice, our preparatory treatments include tooth extractions and bone grafting. Dr. Eric Geist, Dr. Richard. D. Willis, and Dr. Matthew W. Fowlkes proudly utilize advanced technology, such as digital x-rays, 3-D cone beam scanners, and the iTero® scanner. These tools are immensely helpful in determining proper implant placement for optimal results. Plus, we are committed to your health and comfort during surgery. We adhere closely to all proper safety protocol, and we offer a variety of sedation options.
Planning for Dental Implant Surgery
Prior to scheduling your implant surgery, your doctor will perform a thorough examination and take detailed images of your jaw. In this way, he can determine your candidacy for treatment, while also finding the strongest and most secure position for the dental implants.
We use digital x-rays, as well as 3-D cone beam CT (computed tomography) scans. These images are very precise, and your doctor can use them to keep you informed about your oral health and treatment options. Your practitioner may also capture digital impressions with the iTero® scanner. Then our partner lab can use these images to create dental restorations and abutment pieces with a near-perfect fit.
We offer several options to ensure your comfort during surgery, including nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and oral sedation.
In some cases, you may require an additional procedure prior to implant placement. For example, if you have severely decayed or otherwise damaged teeth, your doctor may need to first extract the teeth. In other instances, you may have suffered jawbone degeneration as a result of your tooth loss, in which case, your doctor may recommend a bone graft. Alternatively, he may suggest bone morphogenetic protein (BMP). These synthetic proteins, created to mimic naturally occurring substances in your body, will stimulate bone growth.
After one of these two treatments, your jaw may be strong enough to support implants. Typically, you will need to wait up to six months after these preparatory procedures before you can receive implants.
To begin the surgery, your doctor will numb your gums and provide an additional form of sedation. We offer several options, including nitrous oxide, intravenous (IV) sedation, and oral sedation. Your practitioner will help you choose the type that is most appropriate for your health needs and personal preferences.
After you are made comfortable, your doctor will place the implants in your jawbone through small incisions in your gums. If you have lost only one tooth, your doctor will place a single implant. On the other hand, if you are going to receive an implant-supported bridge, you will need two or more implants. You will need at least four posts to support a full implant-supported denture. As he places the posts, your doctor will work very precisely, following your unique treatment plan and the digital images taken at your consultation. When all the implants are securely in place, he will close the incision with sutures.
After the Surgery
If you receive traditional implants, you will need to wait four to six months for the posts to integrate with your jawbone before you can receive a permanent crown, bridge, or denture. However, if you receive single-stage implants, we can usually place your restoration after just six weeks. Other times, we can provide same-day dental implants. At your consultation, we will determine which type of implants is right for you. After surgery, we will provide detailed instructions to help you achieve a successful recovery.
Learn More about What to Expect with Dental Implants
If you would like to learn more about dental implant surgery, or if you are ready to begin planning your custom procedure, contact our office today.