Dental Implant Surgery is a Routine Procedure

Dental implantation is the best option for replacing a missing tooth. While inserting a dental implant does involve a minor surgical procedure, don’t let that deter you — with proper preparation the procedure is relatively easy and painless.

Inserting Dental Implant

Dental implants are root replacements inserted directly into the jawbone to which a life-like, artificial crown is secured. Most dental implants are made of titanium. Once an implant is placed, within a few months bone will grow and integrate with the implant. Implants can also be used to support bridges (replacement of 3-4 missing teeth) or dentures. Pre-planning can help minimize discomfort during and after the implantation procedure. Dr. Tanquilut first conducts a radiographic examination of the site with x-rays or CT imaging; this enables him to assess the site’s bone quality and quantity. He can also create a surgical guide from the imaging to pinpoint the precise location for an implant to ensure a successful outcome.

Dental Implant in St Charles Illinois

Prior to the Dental Implant Procedure

Prior to the procedure, he numbs the area with a local anesthesia.  He then prepares the tissue and bone for the specific size of implant he will place.  When the site preparation is complete, the implant is removed from its sterile packaging and immediately inserted into the prepared site. Positioning of the implant is then confirmed with x-rays.

With proper pre-planning and care taken during surgery, patients only experience minimal discomfort. While narcotic pain relievers like codeine or hydrocodone may be prescribed, most often non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen are all that’s needed. Dr. Tanquilut may also prescribe an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to assist healing.
In just a few months custom-made restorations will be attached to the implants. The completed restoration restores the oral function and transforms a smile that can last for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us for a free consultation at (630) 280-3774 or via the contact form on our website at www.randallwooddental.com. Our office is conveniently located to serve patients in St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin, and Batavia area.