What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

A tooth implant can offer unparalleled restoration in the event of tooth loss. While the benefits of dental implants are great, many patients may face worry or anxiety about the actual placement procedure. Today, we’re talking about common tooth implant placement steps, including preparation for the procedure, as well as healing and recovery. Read on to learn more about how our dentists, Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss, approach implant treatment in Skokie, IL.

Titanium tooth implants are extremely effective and safe. But before receiving implant treatment, you should ensure you are comfortable with your dental provider. When it comes to a skilled, experienced restorative dentist in the greater Chicago area, look no further than our team at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry! As the area’s leading expert in advanced dentistry and prosthodontics, we can offer superior care when it comes to dental implants.

Preparation for Your Procedure

The dental implant placement procedure may vary slightly from patient to patient. Before any surgical procedure begins, Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss perform a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw to ensure enough bone density is present to receive a dental implant. They also check to see that no present infection, decay, or inflammation will impede the recovery process. If a damaged tooth is still present, your dentist will perform a dental extraction to fully remove the tooth. Also, if the jaw bone in the affected area is weakened after tooth loss, a bone graft may be required.

Bone grafting can sound scary, but patients should know it’s a minimally invasive procedure. Using the newest treatment techniques, your dentist can repair bone loss quickly through a small incision in the gums. For patients who require a bone graft before implant placement, an additional healing period will be required before the implant can be placed. Typically, this lasts several months, but may vary from patient to patient.

Placing the Tooth Implant

After you arrive at our practice for your implant procedure, your dentist will apply local anesthetics to completely numb the area of the gums and jaw bone. For patients who are nervous or anxious about the procedure, oral sedatives or other sedative medications, such as nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) can be administered to reduce feelings of stress or restlessness during the procedure.

Once the area is fully numb, your dentist makes a small incision in the gum line and inserts the titanium implant firmly into the jaw. One implant takes about an hour to place. Your dentist will finish the procedure by stitching up the incision site. A temporary crown could also be placed the day of implant placement.

A Unique Biological Process

After the procedure, your mouth will need to recover for several months. This is because a unique biological process called osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is when the jaw bone tissues accept the titanium implant and actually develop and grow around it, strengthening its hold. During this time, the implant becomes an integral part of your jawbone.

Finishing Your Restoration

After several months, a secondary procedure will be required to attach abutments to the end of the implant. These tiny “caps” offer a connection between the implant and other restorations, such as a dental crown or bridge. During this step, impressions or 3D images will be taken and sent to a dental lab where technicians use the images to fabricate a custom restoration. Once your crown, bridge, or dentures are complete, they can be attached to the abutment at your final appointment.

Tooth Implants from Experienced Skokie Dentists

If you have experienced tooth loss and want to restore a full, natural-looking smile, contact our practice to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation. Our commitment to patient care means we will offer precise, comfortable care in our state-of-the-art dental center. Learn more by calling our Skokie practice today.

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Call for hours

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  • American College of Prosthodontists

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Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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