Dr. Eric Hogan will numb your gums and surrounding tissues before placing the implant posts in your jaw. Using local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, this process involves minimal discomfort. After the dentist has placed the implant posts, you will typically have to wait four to six months for your jaw to heal before you can receive your final implant-supported restorations. During the healing process, your gums and bone will seal around the posts so that they become a permanent, durable base for your restoration. Once healing is complete, you will return to the office and the dentist will attach the restoration, which will be customized to complement your natural teeth and facial structure.
Wisdom teeth (third molar) extractions are recommended when there is insufficient space in the jaw bone to accommodate eruption of the teeth. An individual may also receive the recommendation to have a wisdom tooth extracted if it has a large, non-restorable cavity, has a dental abscess or if it is causing discomfort.
Multiple extractions are performed when a patient has decided after a detailed discussion with Drs. Eric and Robin Hogan to proceed with dentures. Immediate dentures will be placed the day of the surgery so that you do not need to be without your teeth. Once the healing process is complete, feel free to discuss the option of implant retained dentures with your dentist to optimize the fit and function of your immediate denture.
Because implant posts are placed directly in your jaw bone, you must have sufficient bone structure to support them. If tooth loss or gum disease has compromised your jaw bone, you may benefit from bone grafting or a sinus lift, both of which Dr. Eric Hogan offers at Hogan Family Dental. During bone grafting, he will rebuild your jaw using your own transplanted bone tissue, or a synthetic bone substitute. Also called sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper back jaw area in preparation for dental implants. Reasons for a sinus lift include insufficient bone in the upper jaw, or sinuses that are too close to the implant site. The sinus lift procedure raises the sinus floor and creates a sufficient foundation for the implant. A sinus lift is a similar procedure performed on the upper jaw to prevent the implants from interfering with the sinus cavities. It also involves repositioning your sinus membrane to make room for your implant posts.
A bone graft is sometimes required prior to dental implant surgery. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw can begin to atrophy, or decrease in bone mass. If you have waited a long time to address missing teeth, we can perform a bone graft by transplanting a portion of your own bone tissue, or synthetic tissue, to the jaw. A period of healing is required afterward. Sometimes, depending on the condition of the patient’s jaw, only a minor bone graft is required, and this can be performed at the same time as implant surgery.
Hogan Family Dental
Miles City Office