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, Dr. Matthew W. Fowlkes and Dr. Nick Gregory 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.