Dear Patients,

We hope this message finds you and your families well amidst this growing pandemic. As you well know, the dental community nationwide has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Indiana Dental Association has now fully endorsed recent ADA recommendations to cease all elective dental procedures for three full weeks, effective immediately.

Dr’s Stevenson, Fairchild, and Surber have heard these recommendations and will be following suit. We are working to cancel all elective procedures including new consultations and routine follow-up appointments during this time.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons we understand our position in the management of emergent needs to prevent patients inundating emergency rooms and immediate care clinics. To cope, we will maintain shortened office hours at our Valparaiso location to assess emergency patients from our referrals and greater dental community. Thank you all in advance. We are all in this together.
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(219) 307-4382
(219) 462 9599


(219) 600-5797
(219) 736 1401
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What to expect after implant placement in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN

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Congratulations on the decision to improve your smile, oral health, and quality of life with dental implants. We are confident you will be happy with results of your treatment at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN. You may be wondering, though, what happens after implant placement. This helpful information should put your mind at ease.

Why patients in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN are comfortable after implant placement

All possible precautions (including various options for sedation) are taken before and during the procedure to ensure your comfort. Surgery is well-planned and computer-guided for precision, so chair time is brief. Most people experience minimal post-operative discomfort. Often, it can be managed with over-the-counter analgesics. However, depending on the extent of your procedure (whether you had extractions, for instance), pain medications and antibiotics may be prescribed. Incorporating platelet rich fibrin (PRF)– growth factors from your own blood – minimizes post-surgical trauma and speeds healing.

Options for temporary teeth

A dental implant restoration is stable and comfortable because it becomes part of your body through a process of osseointegration with bone. That takes time – typically several months. What to do during that healing period is a natural concern. We work with your general dentist to tailor temporary tooth replacement to your unique situation. This can be accomplished with a healing cap and interim crown, removable prosthetic (“flipper”), temporary fixed bridge, or denture inserted immediately after tooth implant surgery.

Dental implant aftercare

You will need someone to drive you home after your appointment, and you should take it easy the rest of the day. The doctor will talk with you about the possibility of some blood oozing, and how to control it. You may have dissolving sutures, but regardless, the soft tissue incision closes within a few days.

Smokers have higher risk of implant failure, because chemicals in smoke constrict blood flow and impede the body’s natural healing processes. It is especially important to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after implant surgery.

With good post dental implant care, implants have a proven 90+ percent long-term success rate.

Would you like more information about what to expect after implant placement? Schedule a visit to Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN – (219) 307-4382 . One of our highly-qualified surgeons will be happy to answer your questions.

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Excellent and caring staff. Highly recommend for dental implant treatment!

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