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Dental Implant Placement – Lebanon, NH

Replace Missing Tooth Roots

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We often recommend that patients choose dental implants to replace their missing teeth because dental implants provide comprehensive tooth replacement. While restorations, (such as crowns, bridges, or dentures), replace the visible portion of the missing teeth, the implants that support the restorations act as substitute tooth roots. Dr. Gass, our in-house oral surgeon, has the skills and experience necessary to insert the implants into a patient’s jawbone in a way that produces optimum results.

How the Surgery Works

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Prior to your surgery, Dr. Gass will carefully plan your procedure. He will create a strategy that allows him to place as few implants as possible while still providing adequate support for your implant-retained restoration. On the day of your procedure, our team will use a form of sedation to help you remain relaxed and calm while Dr. Gass works in your mouth. We offer multiple types of sedation, and the one that is most appropriate for you will depend on the extent of your surgery, your personal feelings toward the procedure, and your medical history.

After the sedation takes effect, Dr. Gass will create small incisions in your gums. Then, he will make space in the bone for the implants. After the implants are in place, he will close the gums so your body can begin the healing process.

After the Surgery

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Some patients are feeling well enough to return to work or school the day after their surgery. However, you might find that it is best to take it easy for at least 48 hours. How long it will be before you can return to your normal routine will depend on the extent of your surgery and your overall health.

Here are some guidelines that will help your recovery go as smoothly as possible:

After the soft tissue at the surgical site heals, your bone will still be working to create a strong bond with the implant. This process, called osseointegration, typically takes at least a few months. Following osseointegration, you will return to our office so we can begin the next phase of your dental implant treatment plan.

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