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If you are set to receive dental implants, you will undergo a procedure called implant surgery. This procedure is designed to place the titanium posts used for your implants.

If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks or you are missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. Many patients who do undergo the procedure are happy with the outcome and they find that it boosts their self-confidence and they begin to feel proud of the way they look and feel.

If you are interested in discussing tooth replacement options, call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim.

impsWhat Are Dental

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed surgically into your jaw bone and then crowns are affixed to the top of the posts to provide a natural look and feel.

Many patients who are missing teeth will undergo this procedure to provide them with the smile that they want.

Typically, the crowns are placed on top of the posts once the jaw bone is healed completely, which can take up to six months, sometimes more or less depending on your body and how quickly you heal.

The Procedure

When it comes to the implant surgery procedure, you need to make sure that you understand every step of the process. There are usually three steps to the process which involve placing the implants, checking them, and then placing the crowns.

During the first step of the procedure, you will come into the office and Dr. Kim will begin by surgically implanting the titanium posts into your jaw bone. Many patients automatically assume that this part of the surgery is going to hurt, but it does not. In fact, patients who have successfully gone through the procedure say the pain can be equivocated to that of or less than a simple tooth extraction.

Dr. Kim will provide you with a local anesthetic before the surgery begins. The first step involves the implants being placed into the jaw bone, but it will still be covered by your gums. Exposure from the gums happens later on down the line. The reason the implant stays hidden is to protect it from any knocks or movement, which could cause it to come out of place. Keeping it hidden will allow the implant to fully set.

Now that the first stage is complete, the second stage involves you coming back into the office for Dr. Kim to check on your implants. He will look over the post itself and expose it from the gum at this point and place the abutment on it. The abutment is the piece that the crown will connect to. This is not a painful process and is done with ease.
Dr. Kim is looking at this point to make sure that the post is set in the bone and is not moveable or detached. The jaw bone needs to be fully healed at this point.

Once the jaw bone and gum around the abutment is healed, the third stage can begin, which involves placing the crowns on top of the abutment. The prosthetic tooth will be made to look and feel like a natural tooth.

Once the crown has been affixed atop of the abutment, you will be able to feel confident in your smile and you can enjoy showing off your new smile.

Is Implant Surgery Successful?

Yes. Implant surgery is successful and dental implants have a 98 percent success rate. As long as there is sufficient jaw bone present at the time of placement and as long as the jaw bone is given a long enough heal time, there is no reason why the surgery will not work.

If the treatment is not successful, the implant will fall out or will not heal properly and lead to infection, but this is not common and should not be expected to happen.

Almost all patients who undergo the procedure have a 100 percent success rate and are happy with their new smile. Your new dental implants will last a lifetime, if they are properly cared for.

imps2Your Consultation
with Dr. Kim

If you are interested in dental implants, you will first need to have a consultation with Dr. Kim. Your consultation will include x-rays and a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

Once Dr. Kim has had a chance to exam your teeth and has looked over your x-rays, he will form a treatment plan and timeline with you. It is important to keep in mind that you may need to have other procedures performed BEFORE you can undergo implant surgery.

For example, if you have bone loss in your jaw, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to replace some of the bone that is gone. Dental implants cannot be placed in your mouth without enough bone, as they may fail.

The bone grafting procedure will take some time to heal and you should factor this into the entire timeline as well.
If you have any questions and concerns, Dr. Kim is always ready to speak with you and help you understand the entire procedure.

After Care Instructions

Dr. Kim will provide you with aftercare instructions throughout the entire process and you should follow them. Each stage will have its own set of instructions and you need to make sure that you take any prescribed medications as directed or that you report any problems with the implants immediately.

It is normal to experience some mild discomfort after the procedure is completed, but you should not experience an immense amount of pain. In fact, any discomfort that you do have should be easily relieved with an over the counter pain reliever.

Sensitivity in the area is also common, but will subside after a couple of days. Once the implants are fully healed, you will no longer experience any discomfort or sensitivity.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are interested in dental implants or the implant surgical procedure, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kim.

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