After Dental Implant Placement FAQ

After Dental Implant Placement FAQ

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure performed by our oral surgeon in Huntersville, NC, in which titanium posts are strategically positioned into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. This process involves careful planning, precise placement, and a subsequent healing period during which the implants fuse with the surrounding bone through a natural process called osseointegration.

Once fully integrated, dental implants provide a stable foundation for attaching custom-made dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, ultimately restoring functionality, aesthetics, and confidence for individuals with missing teeth. 

Types of Dental Implants 

Endosteal Implants 

These are the most common type of dental implants in Huntersville, NC, and are typically made from titanium. Endosteal implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed directly into the jawbone. They are suitable for patients with sufficient bone density and are used to support single crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

Subperiosteal Implants 

Subperiosteal implants are placed on the jawbone and underneath the gum tissue. Unlike endosteal implants inserted directly into the bone, subperiosteal implants rest on a metal framework attached to the jawbone. These implants are an option for patients with insufficient bone height or density. They may be used to support prosthetic teeth in individuals unable to undergo bone augmentation procedures. Contact us today to learn more! 

All-On-4 Implants 

The All-on-4 dental implant technique involves placing only four implants per arch to support a complete set of teeth (either upper or lower). These implants are strategically positioned at specific angles to maximize bone support and stability, even in cases of reduced bone volume. All-on-4 implants offer a fixed and functional solution for patients with complete tooth loss or those needing full-mouth rehabilitation. 

Mini Dental Implants 

Mini dental implants (MDIs) are smaller in diameter than traditional implants and are often used in situations where space or bone density is limited. They can be placed with less invasive techniques, making them suitable for patients who may not be candidates for standard implant procedures. MDIs are commonly used to stabilize loose dentures, providing improved retention and comfort for denture wearers. 

The Dental Implant Placement Procedure

Initial Consultation 

  • Assessment of oral health, including teeth, gums, and jawbone examination. 
  • Discussion of treatment goals, expectations, and options. 
  • X-rays or CT scans may be taken to evaluate bone density and assess anatomical structures. 

Treatment Planning 

  • A customized treatment plan is developed based on the patient's needs and oral condition. 
  • Determination of the number, size, and placement of implants. 
  • Consider any additional procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts, if needed. 


  • Local anesthesia is administered to numb the treatment area and ensure patient comfort. 
  • In some cases, sedation or general anesthesia may be offered for anxious patients or complex procedures. 

Implant Placement 

  • Creation of precise surgical guides based on treatment planning to ensure accurate implant placement
  • An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone. 
  • Pilot holes are drilled into the bone at predetermined locations to accommodate the implants. 
  • The Dental implants are carefully inserted into the bone at the appropriate depth and angle. 
  • The surgical sites are closed with sutures, and a protective cover may be placed over the implants. 

Healing and Osseointegration 

  • The healing phase begins when the implants start fusing with the surrounding bone through osseointegration. 
  • Temporary restorations may be attached to the implants to maintain aesthetics and function during healing. 
  • Patients are advised to follow post-operative instructions, oral hygiene, and dietary restrictions to promote healing. 

Follow-Up Appointments 

  • Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure implant stability. 
  • X-rays or CT scans may be taken to assess osseointegration and confirm implant integration with the bone. 

Final Restoration 

  • Once osseointegration is complete, impressions of the implants are taken to create custom-made dental restorations (crowns, bridges, or dentures). 
  • Final restorations fabricated and securely attached to the implants, restoring function and aesthetics to the smile. 
  • Adjustments are made as needed to ensure proper fit and bite alignment. 

After Dental Implant Placement FAQ 

Is Pain or Discomfort Normal After Dental Implant Placement? 

It's normal to experience some degree of discomfort, swelling, or bruising in the days following dental implant surgery. Our oral surgeon will prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort. Applying ice packs to the affected area can also help reduce swelling. 

How Long Does It Take for Dental Implants to Heal? 

After dental implant placement, the healing process varies from patient to patient but typically takes several months. During this time, the implants gradually fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration. Our oral surgeon will monitor your progress through follow-up appointments and guide you in caring for your implants during the healing period. 

Are There Any Restrictions on Eating After Dental Implant Surgery?  

In the immediate aftermath of dental implant surgery, sticking to a soft or liquid diet is essential to avoid putting undue pressure on the implants. As your healing progresses, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods into your diet, following our oral surgeon's recommendations. Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the implants were placed until cleared by our oral surgeon. 

How Should I Care for My Dental Implants After Surgery? 

Proper oral hygiene is crucial for the success of dental implants. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, paying particular attention to the area around the implants. Our oral surgeon may recommend using a soft-bristled or interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce the risk of infection. 

When Can I Expect to Receive My Permanent Dental Restorations? 

The timing for receiving permanent dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, varies depending on individual healing and treatment plans. In some cases, temporary restorations may be placed immediately after implant surgery to maintain aesthetics and function while the implants integrate with the jawbone. Our oral surgeon will advise you on the timeline for receiving your permanent restorations. 

What Should I Do if I Experience Complications or Concerns After Dental Implant Placement? 

Contact our oral surgeon immediately if you experience any unexpected symptoms or concerns after dental implant surgery, such as persistent pain, swelling, or signs of infection. Prompt attention to any issues can help prevent complications and ensure the success of your implant treatment. 

Visit The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at 9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville, NC 28078, or call (704) 875-8833 to explore your options and take the first step toward a confident and functional smile.


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