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Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants consist of small titanium posts that surgeons insert into the jawbone, closely replicating a natural tooth root. This does require a small surgical procedure but there is no need to be concerned. Our principal dentist here at Winterset Dental Care is an experienced oral surgeon and prosthodontist. Dr. Agawal has received specialized training and has many years’ experience in placing dental implants. He will make sure to meticulously plan every step of your dental implant treatment. He will also ensure your dental implant surgery proceeds quickly and smoothly. We are able to carry out all the treatment you need in our comfortable and well-equipped dental offices in Chicago and Orland Park, IL.

What Is the Procedure for Planning
Dental Implant Surgery?

To plan your implant surgery, Dr.Agawal will take digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan. This scan provides highly detailed 3-D images of your jawbone, allowing Dr.Agawal to fully assess the condition of your jawbone and to identify all the important structures such as sinus cavities, nerves and blood vessels that must be avoided during surgery. These images will show if you have sufficient bone for implant placement or if you require a bone graft or sinus lift prior to surgery. If you do need a bone graft there is no need to be concerned, as Dr. Agawal is extremely experienced in using the very latest and most advanced bone grafting techniques. If you only require a tiny amount of bone, we can place it at the same time as your dental implant.

Dental Implant Surgery

Once Dr. Agawal identifies the optimal position for your dental implants, we make a surgical guide that when we place them. This is a highly sophisticated template that will guide the implant placement down to the nearest millimeter. Using computer-guided surgery will ensure your treatment is a complete success, providing you with teeth that not only look wonderful but which are fully functional.

What to Expect
during Implant Surgery

We will make sure your dental implant surgery is pain-free by using local anesthesia to numb the area. If you are at all anxious about this treatment, you may wish to consider additional sedation. Dr.Agawal can provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help you relax during surgery. To insert the dental implant, Dr. Agawal will make a small incision in your gum to expose the jawbone. This is before placing the dental implant in the position identified by the surgical guide. We then stitch the area and leave it to heal.

At this stage, Dr.Agawal may attach a healing cap to the dental implant post. This gently shapes the surrounding gum tissue as it heals, providing improved aesthetics once your tooth is restored. If required, we can then fit a temporary restoration to be worn while your dental implants heal and integrate with your jawbone. Don’t worry if you are wondering if you will be able to eat and speak comfortably during this healing period. We make sure of it.

If you only require a single dental implant then surgery is really quite quick. A single dental implant may take as little as an hour to place. Bridges and dentures will require multiple dental implants, so surgery will take a little longer. During your initial consultation, we can discuss the time you will need for your surgery.

Osseo Integration

It normally takes 3 to 6 months for a dental implant to fully heal with the surrounding bone during a process called Osseointegration. We will specially treat dental implant post to encourage the process, where new bone cells will grow on and around the post. As they do so, the post gradually fuses with the jawbone, becoming strong and stable and able to support a replacement restoration.

Attaching the Abutment

Once Osseointegration is complete, Dr. Agawal will remove the healing cap and can attach an abutment to your implant post. There are many different types of abutments that we may use, depending on the final restoration. An abutment will protrude above your gum line and is used to support your crown, bridge or denture. We then take a detailed dental impression of your dental implant and send it to our dental laboratory. They will custom-make your restoration to our exact prescription, using the highest quality materials to create beautiful teeth that will blend in seamlessly with your smile. We can then secure your restoration in place on your next visit, completing your treatment and providing you with an aesthetically appealing and fully functional smile.

To find out more about dental implant surgery and how it could help restore your smile, contact Winterset Dental Care to schedule your consultation with Dr. Agawal today.

Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.