Many patients want to replace missing teeth but are intimidated by the idea of surgery. However, dental implant surgery is a very common and safe treatment for missing teeth. According to the AEGIS Dental Network, over 1,200,000 dental implant procedures were performed in 2013. That number is growing every year.
Dr. John Krueger is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has undergone extensive training to perform the latest dental implant techniques for his patients. During your visit to our Clearwater, FL, practice, our team can guide you through what to expect before, during, and after your dental implant procedure to help you feel prepared for your upcoming treatment.
Preparing for Surgery
At our practice, we pride ourselves on the level of knowledge and education we give to our patients. In preparation for your surgery, we will discuss several important decisions you will need to make, including your sedation options. If you choose to undergo a deeper level of sedation, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your surgery.
In the weeks prior to surgery, you should also quit smoking as smoking has been linked to an increased risk of dental implant complications and implant failure.
During surgery, Dr. Krueger creates a small incision in the gums and jawbone in which to place the dental implant.
Dental Implant Placement
With the exception of advanced restorations that require bone grafting, Dr. Krueger performs most implant procedures in-house. After numbing the treatment area with local anesthesia, Dr. Krueger will:
- Create an incision in your gums where the implants will go
- Access the underlying jawbone structure and create space for your implants
- Place your implants in the jawbone
- Suture your gum tissue back together
Although the length of your procedure will depend on how many implants you are receiving, most surgeries can be completed in one to two hours. In most cases, you will be given a temporary crown, bridge, or denture to use during your recovery.
Recovering from Surgery
Immediately after your surgery, your implants will begin to integrate with the surrounding jawbone in a process called osseointegration. To help your implants integrate successfully, you should:
- Avoid smoking
- Take your prescribed medications
- Attend your follow-up appointments
- Brush the area around your implants as instructed
Most patients are ready to receive their abutments and restorations three to six months after dental implant surgery. During this minor procedure, Dr. Krueger will place abutments on top of your implant. These abutments will anchor your crowns, bridge, or dentures securely to your new implants.
Dr. Krueger is a highly trained oral implantologist who can complete most cases from start to finish in our office.
Why Choose Our Practice for Your Procedure
Dr. Krueger is a highly trained oral implantologist who can complete most cases from start to finish in our office. If you have a particularly complex case or require bone grafting, he will personally refer you to a trusted specialist. Whether your procedure is performed by Dr. Krueger or one of our referred dentists, you can rest assured that your procedure will be safe, sterile, and highly monitored.
To make your treatment more comfortable, we maintain a spa-like environment. Our practice is furnished with a TV and headphones in each operatory to help you feel at ease during your surgery.
Our Team Can Guide You from Start to Finish
We strive to provide the best possible care for all patients during every procedure, including dental implant surgery. As a result, Dr. Krueger and our staff have received outstanding reviews from our patients. If you are curious about the dental implant procedure, do not hesitate to contact our practice. We are available anytime online or by phone at (727) 441-3523.