Every patient deserves the peace of mind in knowing they are receiving the highest standard of care. At Airlie Oral Surgery, we take every precaution to make sure your safety is never compromised. Whether it's managing your airway or monitoring vital signs, your CRNA will be with Dr. Jameson through the entirety of your surgery. Your CRNA will also oversee recovery for a safe and pain free recovery until you are ready to go home.
Your teeth affect your whole body. When they are healthy, you are healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech, and your diet. No one wants their appearance and health to deteriorate. Unfortunately, that is the natural consequence of missing teeth – 25% of people lose their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss.
Are you ready to hear the great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health, and appearance. Your dentist and Airlie Oral Surgery will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.
Prior to the day of your surgery, you'll have a consultation with Dr. Jameson. A member of the clinical team will capture a 3-D X-ray with a cone beam CT scanner so that Dr. Jameson can evaluate your jawbone from all angles and determine if any bone grafting procedures will be necessary, and to virtually plan your implant surgery. We'll take the time to discuss any needed antibiotics and for greater comfort, provide your options for intravenous sedation, or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). We take every precaution for your safety and every consideration for your comfort whether it is your physical or emotional well being, Airlie Oral Surgery is here for you.
On the day of surgery, once you are comfortable, a local anesthetic will also be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed. The surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, then using special instruments the implant is gently placed and then the gum tissue closed.
The procedure to place a dental implant takes around 60 minutes for one dental implant and up to 2-to-3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required vary from patient to patient. The implant is then allowed to heal for a minimum of 8 weeks to 4 months. After the implant has healed, you will return to your general dentist who then takes an impression to fabricate a custom crown, or cap, made specifically for you.
In some situations, patients are not candidates for dental implants and require bone grafts to replace bone loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted since bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. In cases where a jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies, the conditions of the bone are too poor in quality suitable for a dental implant alone.
With bone grafting we now have the opportunity to not only replace bone where it is missing, but we also have the ability to promote new bone growth in that location. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
A sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation, is a surgical procedure consisting of lifting up the maxillary sinus membrane to increase the height of bone in the upper jaw to support posterior dental implants. A bone graft is added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are located behind your cheeks, above the teeth and on the sides of the nose. Some of the roots of the upper teeth extend to the maxillary sinuses, and sometimes the removal of those teeth reveals the sinus wall is too thin to place dental implants into the bone. Sinus lifts are only performed on patients who need upper jaw dental implants, but do not have enough bone to support them.
If bone loss has occurred due to trauma or periodontal disease, a sinus lift can raise the sinus floor, allow for new bone formation, and provide patients the option to have dental implants instead of uncomfortable and loose dentures.
After surgery is complete, your body will take an average of 6 months of healing time before a dental implant can be placed into your new bone.
Third molars (also called wisdom teeth) can become impacted in your gums or jawbone when there is not enough room for them to erupt into proper position. This can lead to a variety of oral health problems, such as infection, damage to nearby teeth including tooth decay and gum disease. Not all wisdom teeth become impacted and require removal by a surgeon, since it's common for people to live with their wisdom teeth without any problems. Surgical removal is only necessary when digital x-rays show a potential risk or active symptoms like pain, inflammation, infection or decay reveal an underlying problem already exists.
We take every consideration for your comfort and provide options for intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on the day of your consultation previous to the day of your surgery. Your Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist will closely monitor your vitals while making sure you experience no pain during surgery. After the procedure, it is common to experience some discomfort, minor bleeding, and fatigue. Our Care Team will go through your post op care instructions during your initial consultation, and will recap those instructions before you head home to rest and heal. A follow up appointment will take place a week after surgery to make sure the patient is healing as expected.