Many patients may not know what to expect during dental implant treatment, which can be a source of anxiety. Dr. Sfondouris & Prestipino specialize in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants and are happy to answer any questions you may have about implants or your procedure. We want patients to feel comfortable and confident under our care. Learn about the different steps of the dental implant procedure below. Call Prestipino Dental Group at 301-652-2300 for implant care in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Dental Implant Procedure
At our first consultation visit, a comprehensive exam will be performed that examines the health of your jaw joints, teeth, and gums. At the same visit, a dental CT scan will be completed that provides three-dimensional information of the bone for a future implant. Additionally, an intra-oral scan of your teeth may be taken and this information is merged with the dental CT scan to virtually plan the surgery. The information from the dental CT scan and intra-oral scan provides us with the necessary precision and accuracy for proper implant placement. Our treatment philosophy is based upon the concept of “Reverse Engineering.”
All of our procedures are completed so that you are relaxed and comfortable during the entire process. Our dental implant surgeries are completed with local anesthetic and oral sedation can be offered as well.
If you require a tooth extraction, an implant may be placed at the same time that the tooth is removed. Drs. Prestipino & Sfondouris will examine the dental CT scan to see if you are a candidate for this treatment option. The benefits of immediate same-day implants are significantly reduced healing time, and most importantly, the preservation of the gum tissues to create an optimum final esthetic crown restoration.
If you require tooth extraction and an implant cannot be inserted at the same time, we will recommend a bone graft and/or a gum graft to prepare the site for a future implant. We perform our own bone and gum grafting services to increase the predictability of the result and healing.
Our implant surgeries are completed using minimally invasive plastic surgical techniques that are restoratively driven that preserve the maximum amount of bone and gum tissue to create an optimum restoration that closely replicates nature. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, the implant post will fuse with the jawbone. Then, we will either obtain an optical scan or an impression of the implant. This information is sent to the laboratory technician to design and fabricate the abutment and crown. Drs. Prestipino and Sfondouris will collaborate and communicate with the technician to guide them as to the design of the abutment and crown. Each restoration is customized, and only genuine parts are used to create a functional and esthetic long-term restoration.