The Surgical Procedure

Dr. Scherer will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case. Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed.

 

When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Dr. Scherer places an abutment (support post) or a healing cap onto the implant. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.



The Healing Phase

Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. Dr. Scherer will advise you on follow-up care and timing.

Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.

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Oral Surgeon

Patients trust in Dr. Scherer because of his professional yet caring approach to their oral health. This friendly attitude is reflected throughout the practice.

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When Are Dental Implants Placed?

Implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth. This may involve a little more risk, but it simplifies the process—you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement is not the best treatment.

If your tooth has been missing for some time, the adjacent support bone is likely to grow thinner and shrink. This occurs because the root of the natural tooth has to be present to stimulate the bone. As much as one third of your jaw’s thickness can be lost in the year following tooth extraction. If you are missing enough bone, you may benefit from having additional bone grafted into the area. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.


“Dr. Scherer and his staff were great! I was nervous before my procedure but they were able to ease my nerves. While maintaining his professionalism, Dr. Scherer was able to joke around and make me feel 100% comfortable in the chair. He is very knowledgable and does a great job explaining everything to the patient. I would highly recommend his practice. -Becky N.”
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