The Dental Implant Process: Pre-Prosthetic Surgeries

We understand that dental implant surgery can feel intimidating, and the process may seem overwhelming. To help ease your worries and give and let our patients know what to expect, this informative series breaks down the treatment process into three sections: pre-prosthetic surgeries, placement, and osseointegration.  

For many patients, preparatory pre-prosthetic surgeries are the first step to getting replacement teeth. Here are a few things to know about preparatory dental work before implant surgery:  

Bone Smoothing And Reshaping (Alveoplasty)

This is one of the most common preparatory treatments for patients who are having dental implants. After your tooth has been extracted from its socket or after it has fallen out, the underlying bone surrounding the socket is often rough and sharp, and needs to be gently corrected before the implant can be placed.

The bone needs to be even, smooth, and consistent in order to support your implant and ensure that it can be placed in the perfect position. An alveoplasty also helps your gums and jaw heal properly as the implant bonds with your surrounding tissue.

During this treatment, an incision is made in your gums and Dr. Herrera will remove excessive bone tissue, then smooth the ridges. After this, the area will be sutured shut to heal.

If you require this preparatory treatment prior to implant placement, it can typically take several months to heal completely before your dental implant can be placed. You’ll come back in after a few weeks for a check-up, so that Dr. Herrera can ensure that you are healing properly, and free of complications.

Removal Of Excess Bone Or Gum Tissue

If you have too much bone or gum tissue in your mouth, this can interfere with implant placement, and the unnecessary tissue must be removed before the procedure can take place.

During the removal process, a small incision is made, then Dr. Herrera will remove the bone from the site and smooth the area to ensure that your dental implant will have a stable platform on which it can be placed.

Excessive gum tissue growth can also be an issue, making it difficult to place the implant properly.  This condition, also known as “gingival hyperplasia” can be caused by poor oral hygiene, but it can also be a side effect of certain immunosuppressant and antiseizure drugs.

Dr. Herrera will numb the area and use special dental tools to remove the gum tissue. The area will be sanitized and sutured shut, and after the healing process, your implant placement can begin.

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If you need preparatory dental work before implant placement, we hope this information is helpful. Whether you have more questions or you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us today at (804) 556-1233, or visit our office at 4805 Lake Brook Drive, Suite #150, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

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