Please arrive 10–15 minutes before your appointment
We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you are experiencing pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you the day you call.
We strive to schedule appointments that are convenient to your schedule. We respect your time and make every effort to see you on time. Due to the fact that we provide surgical services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
So that we can maintain our schedule to accommodate all of our patients, we ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. In addition, under the “Patient downloads” section of our website, you can print and complete the necessary forms prior to your visit. Just bring your completed forms with you.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 24 hours notice. This courtesy on your part will make it possible to give your appointment to another patient.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
Your surgical referral form
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, please bring them with you, unless there is enough time to have them forwarded directly to our office.
A list of medications that you are presently taking
If you have medical insurance or dental benefits, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
The first step is an examination and consultation with your dentist to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This usually involves x-rays and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth. During the examination, your dentist will be evaluating the area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing and the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. A review of your health history will indicate whether there are any medical conditions that could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment.
Following the initial consultation, you will be referred to Dr. Gray for a comprehensive surgical evaluation. This will typically be for the purpose of further evaluating the quality and quantity of available bone to determine the number of implants necessary, as well as whether additional procedures may be needed to obtain the desired functional and esthetic result. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, the need for procedures to add (graft) bone or create new bone will also be evaluated. Additional x-rays taken at another facility that specializes in 3D imaging might also be recommended.
Once the surgical evaluation has been completed, a treatment plan will be developed with your general dentist to meet your individual functional and esthetic needs.
THE IMPLANT CONSULTATION ROOM IN WHICH YOU WILL BE WALKED THROUGH DIFFERENT PROCEDURE OPTIONS AND INSURANCE/PAYMENT.
Implant Placement Procedure
The implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of several weeks so that the bone can remodel around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them. During this bone-remodeling phase, you will have some type of temporary replacement teeth, so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
Abutment Attachment Procedure
Following the appropriate bone-remodeling period, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to each implant. The permanent replacement teeth will eventually be attached to the abutments.
Fabrication of Replacement Teeth
Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and the implant abutments; place temporary replacement teeth and select the appropriate shade for your replacement teeth. The laboratory technician will fabricate your replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants. Then your dentist will try the replacement teeth for proper fit and attach them to the abutment.
TYPICAL SURGICAL TABLE SET-UP FROM ONE OF OUR SURGICAL ROOMS. ALL OF OUR EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY STERILIZED BEFOREHAND.