What to Expect During Your Dental Implant Procedure
During your dental implant procedure, the team at our Corpus Christi, TX, office will work closely with you from start to finish. Your general dentist, Drs. Nicholas Perry Orchard or Alejandro Vilamil, will oversee your entire dental implant experience, coordinating care and case planning with a trusted, reputable oral surgeon. Your final restorations, whether single crowns or a bridge or denture, will be designed, fabricated, and placed by our office. We’ll also manage your follow-up care. To start this process today, simply schedule a consultation.
Before the Procedure
If you and your dentist have determined that dental implants are right for you, it's important to understand that the process will take several months to complete. Before treatment actually begins, Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil will work with your oral surgeon to create the optimal treatment plan for your unique case. If you require bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or other treatment, we will explain how the procedures will take place and what you should expect.
Once your bone and gum tissue are healthy, you will be ready for implant placement. Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil will collaborate with your oral surgeon in an interdisciplinary approach to ensure this part of the process goes smoothly. You will have a team of professionals dedicated to your case. The oral surgeon will provide specific instructions for you to follow the day of your outpatient surgery. The oral surgeon may take a 3D cone beam x-ray to help determine the proper implant location.
Your Surgical Visit
The placement of your dental implants will be done at an oral surgeon's office. You may be given an oral sedative to ingest prior to your appointment, though in some situations, nitrous oxide may be used instead. The simple surgery does not take long, and you could be back to normal activities the very next day, depending on your case.
During your dental implant procedure, you will be made comfortable in the surgical suite. The oral surgeon may use a surgical guide derived from the 3D cone beam x-ray to precisely place the implant. The posts will be secured in your jawbone to create a solid and reliable foundation for your implant-supported crowns or dentures.
Expect to rest at home after your procedure, and adhere to the oral surgeon’s postoperative instructions to ensure proper healing. You may wear a temporary crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture while your bone integrates with the implant posts in a process called osseointegration.
Complete osseointegration can take three months or more. Once your new implant posts are stabilized, you will return to see Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil for the final phase of your implant procedure: the prosthetic restoration.
Our dentists employ a quality dental lab that uses premium materials to fabricate crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. We also utilize CEREC® technology as well as guided implant placement and cone beam for the in-house design, fabrication, and placement of dental prosthetics. We will evaluate your bite (occlusion) and design your prosthetic restorations for a snug, comfortable fit.
Crowns are placed directly on each implant. However, if you need a bridge or denture, it may be supported by several implants. Full dentures generally rest on four or six implants in each arch. Various types of denture connectors are available for implants, but the most common is a snap-in denture. Dr. Orchard or Dr. Vilamil will discuss all options and make a recommendation based on your lifestyle and preferences.
With dental implants, follow-up visits will be required to ensure proper fit and function. For the most part, you will care for your implants as if they were your natural teeth. In the absence of gum disease or injury, your new implants could last the rest of your life, and your restorations will never slip out of place.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact us and schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants with our doctors. At your consultation, the dentist will take time to explain the entire dental implant procedure, start to finish, and answer all of your questions. Peace of mind will help you feel confident and comfortable going into your procedure.