During the this appointment all necessary digital x-rays, panoramic film, photos and impressions can be taken. A Cone Beam CT Scan may be needed to determine bone density and bone thickness in 3D. The result of his detailed evaluation will help to determine your treatment options and what work needs to be done.
Once you are ready to move forward with treatment, all aspects of your care will be confirmed and discussed throughly. Medications, IV Sleep Sedation if needed and post-op care will be confirmed. If there are phases of treatment, the various steps and what to expect will be reinforced for clear communication.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Bruce Smoler will remove any teeth that need to be removed. Once that is done, the implants can be placed with enough bone present. Many times, 6 to 8 upper implants are needed to support a fixed permanent provisional bridge. The length of the surgery will vary depending on the treatment plan, but generally falls in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
Immediately following surgery you will be asked to rest and relax. The amount of downtime you’ll need differs from person to person, so use your best judgment. Most patients are able to resume their regular activities after a couple of days. Most importantly, you can start enjoying your new smile immediately and will soon be able to eat your favorite foods again.
Over the next several months, you will visit Smoler Institute periodically for post-operative checkups. These checkups are to monitor the healing process in preparation for your final teeth. When everything has healed, Dr. Smoler will place your permanent teeth.