Understanding Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants can provide lifelike support for a range of restorations, rebuilding your smile and confidence. At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, we can coordinate your dental implant surgery with an experienced oral surgeon for successful, long-lasting results. Dr. C. Mike Meek or Dr. David J. Tasch will work in tandem with your surgeon throughout the process to ensure the best outcome. While our doctors will take every precaution to minimize your risk of complications, you can increase the likelihood of success by adhering to pre- and post-surgical instructions. By knowing what to expect throughout your treatment, you can have a pleasant, low-stress experience.

How to Prepare for Your Dental Implant Procedure

Our team will provide you with a specific list of instructions to follow in the days before your surgery. You will be prescribed antibiotics and pain medications. You may be asked to begin a course of antibiotics a few days prior to your surgical appointment. It is important to take all medications as directed for a rapid recovery. An antibacterial mouth rinse may also be recommended either prior to or after your procedure. This rinse will help encourage a healthy oral environment that can reduce the risk of infection.

You will be able to return home shortly after your procedure is complete, and our team can oversee your recovery to ensure proper healing occurs.

One of the most important things you can do prior to dental implant surgery is to cease use of all tobacco products. Smoking inhibits proper healing and can ultimately result in implant failure. You will also be asked to fast if you are undergoing sedation. Follow your surgeon’s directions for a pre-operative diet. During an in-depth appointment we can explain all steps you should follow and when to begin each preparatory phase. 

The Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant placement procedure is fairly straightforward and much simpler than many patients anticipate. The steps you can expect the day of your treatment can include:

  • Anesthesia: If you opted for sedation, the calming medications will be administered before your procedure begins. Once the surgical team is ready to start, local anesthesia will be administered to numb your teeth and gums.
  • Incisions: A small opening in the gums will be made to access the jawbone.
  • Preparation: The surgeon will find the pre-determined location for your new implant, and gently create space in the jaw for your implant post. Using a series specialized tools, the doctor will prepare the site using precise techniques.
  • Placement: Once the foundation has been prepared, the titanium implant will be carefully placed into the jawbone. A healing cap, or small screw, may be placed to cover the implant.
  • Stitches: When the surgeon is satisfied with the position of the implant, the incisions will be closed using either self-absorbing or traditional sutures. The doctor will inform you if your stitches need to be professionally removed.

You will be able to return home shortly after your procedure is complete, and our team can oversee your recovery to ensure proper healing occurs.

An implant can be surgically embedded in your jaw during a safe, convenient outpatient procedure.

Your Recovery

During your recovery, some tenderness and swelling is normal for up to a week after your procedure. You can typically manage these side effects with a combination of cold compresses and anti-inflammatories. Ice packs should be placed on the external area, and should be applied in 15-minute increments. You should also take all prescribed medication as directed to improve your healing and limit discomfort. 

Before dental implants photo
Label (1) This patient lost both of his front teeth after fracturing them in a rock climbing accident.
after dental implants photo
Label (2) Lifelike restorations and dental implants restored both oral form and function.

A soft-food diet is encouraged during the first week of recovery, and may be recommended for longer if you have received a same-day restoration. Pasta, rice, soup, steamed vegetables, oatmeal, eggs, and fish are all excellent options. Hard, crunchy, and chewy foods should be avoided. Detailed hygiene instructions will be provided so you can properly care for your new implant. Typically, you will avoid brushing directly on the implant for the first week. After that, it is important to brush and floss gently and regularly to reduce the risk of infection. Regular use of an antibacterial mouth rinse is an effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy while you are healing.

Begin Transforming Your Smile

At 38th Street Dental, we value excellence of care. For this reason, Drs. Meek and Tasch work alongside a highly experienced implant specialist. For the convenience of our patients, we often refer to the oral surgeons located right next door to our office. To determine if dental implants are right for you and receive answers to all your questions, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. You can call our office at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online.

The team at 38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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