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>> Read Part 1: What to Expect Before Dental Implant Surgery

In the second part of this dental implant blog series, we will cover what you can expect on the day of your surgery. After reading this blog post, you can head into your surgery with peace of mind, knowing what to expect. We will share what you need to know before you go in for the procedure, including:

  • Checking in for your dental implant surgery
  • Explanation of the procedure
  • How long the surgery will last
  • Choosing the best dentist for you

Checking In For Your Dental Implant Surgery

Arrive at the dental office early so you have time to get settled, ask any last-minute questions, and check-in for your procedure. At Southshore Dental, we can place you under anesthesia for your procedure right here in the office. This helps the procedure go more smoothly, but it does mean you can't drive after the procedure, so make sure you arrange to have a driver pick you up and drive yourself home.

What to Expect from the Procedure

At Southshore Dental, we perform the entire procedure under one roof. Throughout this process, it is our job to make you comfortable and eliminate any pain or discomfort.

To begin, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthetic. The dentist will make an incision into your gums to expose the jaw bone. A small hole is drilled in and a titanium screw, called the implant, will be inserted into the jaw bone. On top of the implant is a healing cap, which allows your gums to heal. The length of time the surgery takes varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. After the implant is in place, the dentist will close the incision.

Many patients are surprised to learn that they won’t walk out of their implant surgery with their new tooth in place. The implant process will take multiple office visits in order to be successful. Waiting before the placement of the crown gives the area a chance to fully heal, encourages the jawbone to grow into the dental implant, keeping the implant firmly in its place.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question is two-fold. The procedure to place the abutment may take several hours, depending on how much work is needed. The total length of time varies based on the number of implants, whether or not the existing teeth need to be extracted, and any other underlying factors present.

After the surgery, plan three to six months of healing before returning for the final placement of the crown(s). During this time, your dentist will monitor your healing. Once the dentist confirms that your implant is well-rooted in place, your dentist will place the crown, and your permanent tooth replacement will be complete.

Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist

Dental implants require a high level of precision and the right amount of healing time. While it may be tempting to go to a dentist that does it all in one day, this sets you up for the potential failure of dental implants. To get the best possible result, carefully research your dentist and only work with a trustworthy dentist.

In our next blog post, we will cover the third part of this blog series, "Dental Implants: Recovery and Maintenance."

At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.


Dental implants provide an excellent permanent and restorative solution for missing teeth. At Southshore Dental, our goal is to help improve your overall oral health. If you have missing or decayed teeth, our dentists may recommend dental implant surgery. In this three-part blog post, our team will provide what you need to know about dental implants, before, during, and after surgery. In Part 1 of this series on dental implants, we will share what you need to know before you go in for the procedure, including:

  1. Reviewing Your Options in the Consultation
  2. Selecting the Right Dentist 
  3. Post Surgery Oral Health Tips
  4. Planning Up to the Surgery Day

Review Your Options in the Consultation

Before scheduling surgery, schedule a consultation with your dental provider to discuss your options. During the consultation, the surgical team should perform a complete oral exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for implant surgery. Remember, while implants work well for most people, some will find that they are better served with another option, like dentures or fixed bridges.

At Southshore Dental, our free initial consultation will evaluate your mouth to determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. If the dentist comes to the conclusion that you're a good candidate for dental implant surgery, we will answer all your questions and talk about the procedure. Our team will review your financing options, and share the other options you have if dental implants aren't suitable for you.

Choose an Experienced Dentist

If you haven't already, take the time to choose your dentist carefully before scheduling implant surgery. Make sure your dentist uses the right technology, such as technology that helps find and avoid nerves during the procedure, and has vast experience with dental implants. Ask about the long-term success of the dentist’s past implant procedures. Minimally, your dentist should be a member of the ICOI, which indicates they are staying up to date with dental implant practices.

Focus on Good Oral Health

Following your surgery, make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums - brush and floss twice daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. If you notice any problems, consult with your dentist to take care of them before the surgery.

You may also need a few days to rest. Most patients are able to return sooner after their surgery, however, we recommend taking a couple of days off of work and strenuous activities while the implant site heals.

The Day Before Your Dental Implant Surgery

Leading up to your procedure, your dentist may ask you to not eat anything up to 12 hours before your surgery. We also suggest that you fill your prescriptions before going into surgery to make the day of your surgery easier. Dentists may prescribe pain-relieving medications, however, most patients won't need it.

Our dentists also recommend that you stock up your kitchen with soft, easy to chew foods, such as yogurt, applesauce, pudding, and soups are all great options in the first few days after your surgery. After a few weeks, you can start to eat foods that can be easily cut with a fork.

That’s what you need to know to prepare for oral implant surgery. In the next installment of this three-part series, we'll outline what to expect during your actual procedure.


At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

If you’re considering dental implants as a solution to a missing tooth or teeth, it’s important to be well-equipped with the right information before you make a decision. Dental implants require surgery, so before you rush into a decision, there are a few things you should ask your dentist first.


At Southshore Dental, our dentists have been performing dental implant surgeries for years. To help you make this important decision, our experienced team has created a list of “must-ask” questions when considering dental implants. These questions will help walk you through the decision of selecting the best solution for your overall oral health and selecting the right dentist to operate on your mouth. 


  1. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
  2. How much experience do you have with implants?
  3. What are my options if I don’t replace my tooth or teeth?
  4. Can you explain the procedure?
  5. How long do dental implants last?


Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

There are many solutions for missing teeth. A few of the many benefits dental implants offer is that they’re a more permanent solution, they feel and behave like real teeth, and they’re more convenient. Keep in mind that the best solution for you may not be the best solution for the next patient. Implants require healthy jaws and gums, and not all patients have this. Your oral health habits, including whether or not you smoke, also impact your ability to have implants. Finally, if your tooth isn't already gone, your dentist may be able to save the tooth altogether. 


How Much Experience Do You Have with Implants?

Don’t be afraid to ask your dental team about their experience with implants. This is a way for you to ensure you’re getting quality care. Your dentist should be able to provide details about their experience and qualifications. As you ask questions about experience, make sure that the experience includes a board-certified periodontist or oral surgery professional. Also, look for membership in the ICOI.


You only sometimes only have one chance to get the implants right. Be cautious about anyone offering "same day" dental implants or bargain prices. These often lead to repeat procedures and more money spent later.


What Are My Options If I Don't Replace the Tooth?

Dental implant surgery isn’t always covered by insurance providers, making it not always affordable for everyone. This causes some to wonder how important it is to actually replace that missing tooth and what options you have later on. This is a fair question and one you can ask your dental team.


Every situation is different, however, in general, skipping the implant can cause deterioration of the bone in the jaw. It can also allow the teeth you still have to shift, which can cause problems with your bite lining up properly. The longer you wait, your situation can worsen over time, causing you to have a larger procedure (and bill) down the road. 


Can You Explain the Procedure?

Ask your dentist to explain the procedure, and listen carefully to the answers. Pay attention to whether they say they can complete the entire surgery all in one day or not. Although same-day dental implant surgery sounds appealing, it often leads to poor success rates. Your mouth needs a few months to heal after the initial procedure before the crown can be installed. 


Technology also plays an important role in the success of your dental implant surgery. Your dentist should use the latest technology so nerves can be identified and avoided during surgery.


How Long do Implants Last?

Implants are advertised as a semi-permanent solution to your missing teeth. But just how long do they last? According to research, the average lifespan of dental implants are at least 13 years, or longer if you take proper care of them. As technology continues to evolve, the longevity of your implants will continue to improve, too.


With properly placed dental implants, you can have a new smile that looks and functions like real teeth. But you do need to ask the right questions first. For more information about dental implants, schedule a complimentary consultation with Southshore Dental by calling 734-675-0585. Our team of experienced staff is here to answer all of your dental implant related questions. 


Dental implants are a popular type of restorative dentistry. At Southshore Dental, we help many of our patients restore their smiles through permanent implants.


Are you a candidate for this popular procedure? You may not know if you’re a candidate or not until you meet with a dentist, however, here are five signs to watch for that could be an indication you would be eligible for dental implants:

  1. You have missing teeth
  2. You need a tooth pulled
  3. You’re frustrated you’re always having to fix something
  4. You’re having trouble chewing
  5. Dentures and partials are becoming frustrating, embarrassing, and inconvenient

You Have Missing Teeth

Unattractive gaps or spaces in your mouth can destroy your confidence and make chewing your food difficult but dental implants provide a permanent solution to this problem. Implants look and function like your natural teeth, so you can restore your smile and get back your confidence. If you have broken teeth, implants could be a solution to help improve your look.

You Need a Tooth Pulled

Sometimes infected or cracked teeth have to be extracted to prevent further problems or reduce pain. For infected or broken teeth, our goal is always to save the tooth whenever possible. Root canals or crowns can save many teeth, but some are too far damaged and require extraction. If the gap left after extraction is not filled, your teeth could potentially shift position. Over time this creates problems with tooth alignment and your bite. These problems can then lead to jaw pain and other issues. Restoring that tooth with help from an implant eliminates these problems and keeps your teeth from moving.

You're Frustrated You're Always Having to Fix Something

If you find that your dental visits are constantly leading to more dental work, this could be a sign you may benefit from dental implant surgery. Shifting teeth, broken crowns, and the need for yet another root canal can be costly over time. Dental implant surgery is a long term solution that allows you to bypass ongoing expensive fixes, saving you money over time. Talking to your dentist will help you determine if implants are a viable solution for you.

You're Having Trouble Chewing

If you’re passing on some of your favorite foods because you can’t chew them well, then it may be time to consider an implant. While you will need to allow your implant to heal before diving into hard and chewy foods, once it is in place and fully functional, you can enjoy these foods without risk. Dental implants give you a tooth that works naturally and effectively to help you chew.

Dentures and Partials Are Becoming Frustrating, Embarrassing, and Inconvenient

If you have dentures or partials, you may feel frustrated with their overall care and the process of using denture adhesives to get them to stay in place. You may feel embarrassed by them, and you certainly may find that they're not a convenient option for your missing teeth. Implants offer a more convenient option because you’ll care for them the same way you do your natural teeth. All you need to do is brush and floss two to three times a day, and your implant will serve you well.


At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.

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