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Procedure: What to Expect

A dental implant surgery procedure in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

The Dental Implant Procedure

Before the dental implant procedure can take place, we will perform a thorough dental examination. The purpose of this examination is to inspect the areas of the mouth where the implants will be placed. This includes discerning the condition, size, and density of your jawbone, which is important as the bone in the jaw is the support for the implant. This is done with standard radiographs and cone beam CT scans if needed.

In the case that you do not have enough bone to support dental implants, we may suggest additional procedures to enhance the jawbone to create the most ideal conditions to utilize a new implant. Impressions will be taken of your gums and teeth at this time, and measurements made for the fabrication of your new teeth.

Preparing for the Dental Implant Procedure

The long-awaited day of your dental implant procedure can be exciting, and we understand you may be feeling a myriad of emotions. You can rest assured that you are in the hands of experts who know exactly what to do and have been doing it for decades. All you need to do is show up and prepare yourself for your new smile. Our state-of-the-art technology is extremely accurate and is designed to ensure the most personalized dental experience available.

Anesthesia Options for Dental Implant Surgery

When we are ready to perform the procedure we will administer an anesthetic to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort at all. The extent of your desired anesthesia will be discussed during your first consultation—we offer both local anesthesia and total anesthesia options.

Placing the Dental Implants

Once you are comfortable, we will perform any necessary tooth extractions. After tooth extractions have been conducted, the implants will be inserted into the bone of the upper or lower gums. After this has been completed, the dental prosthesis we made for you in previous appointments will be placed over the top of your gums to allow proper healing. This is also is used for aesthetic and chewing purposes while your gums are healing so you can resume normal daily functions.