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What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants – Jacksonville, FL

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For many decades now, dentists have been recommending dental implants for all levels of tooth replacement. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, you can join the millions of other people who have dental implants of their own. If dental implants are on your list of considerations when it comes to tooth replacement, we hope that you’ll consider Dr. Larry Young and his team for all your tooth replacement needs. As an implant specialist, you only need to visit his office to get the procedure completed! Call his practice today to schedule your first consultation.

Part One: Your Initial Consultation

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At your initial visit, Dr. Young will evaluate your condition and review options for treatment. However, if your needs are complex, you may be scheduled to return for a follow-up consultation at no additional charge. If current x-rays (less than 1 year old) are not available, Dr. Young will prescribe the appropriate images to be taken at this initial visit. A full radiographic series (FMX) is needed for a complete periodontal examination.

A current panoramic (less than 3 months old) film will be required for tooth extractions or dental implants. If your referring dentist has your current x-rays (FMX or panorex), please inform us so that we may assist you in obtaining the appropriate films prior to this first visit. Some individuals need antibiotic pre-medication prior to dental/periodontal examination and treatment. If you know you have to pre-medicate and you need a prescription, or if you are unsure and have a risk factor (heart murmur, mitral valve prolapse, history of rheumatic fever, artificial joint or bone, or recent heart procedure), please call our office for assistance.

Part Two: The Implant Procedure

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Once you are fully ready for treatment, Dr. Young will schedule you for surgery at a later date. The procedure begins with numbing the area where the implant will be placed, so you won’t feel anything during your actual surgery. Then, he’ll make a small incision in your gum tissue to expose the jawbone. After creating a small hole for the implant, the titanium post is then placed inside of the jaw and the gum tissue is sutured back together. You should feel little to no discomfort following your surgery.

Part Three: Osseointegration and Healing

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Following your surgery, it’s important that you let the implant heal for several months. Afterwards, you’ll come back to our office to have the permanent restorations placed. Once we’ve placed your restoration, you might feel a little soreness, swelling or bleeding in the treatment area for the next few days, but this is relatively normal. You can easily manage any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can go back to work the next day!

The implant will slowly integrate with your existing bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. This is what not only gives the implant stability, but makes it last for decades on end. The integration process generally takes about three to six months to complete.