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) 462 9599


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Overview of implant placement at Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN OMS practice

Home >> Overview of implant placement at Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN OMS practice

Are you considering a dental implant? Oral surgeons, Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Stephen Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber share this experienced overview of implant placement to help patients in the Valparaiso Merrillville, IN area feel comfortable with the procedure.

Consultation and planning

This stage is perhaps the most important in the success of implantation and in your satisfaction with tooth implant process. It begins with a comprehensive oral examination and evaluation of bone mass. The doctor learns about your health status and lifestyle as well as your tooth replacement goals. If you are a good candidate for implantation, placement is precisely planned in advance of the procedure, using 3D imaging and computer-guided technologies.

Surgical procedure

While placement of an implant is an oral surgery, it is brief and minimally-traumatic. The dental implant procedure typically takes an hour or less, with some advanced cases taking extended time.

You may be instructed to start antibiotics prior to surgery. On the day of your appointment you relax with inhaled sedation (nitrous oxide/laughing gas) or a medication administered intravenously. Your mouth is thoroughly numbed with local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience.

Then, gum tissue is opened with a small incision. Using special instruments, space is created in the bone, and the implant is inserted. The top of the implant may remain visible, or gum tissue sutured closed over it.

Healing phase in the overview of implant placement

In Valparaiso – Merrillville, IN, discussion of implantation would not be complete without touching on the healing process.  Soft tissue healing occurs very quickly in a reasonably healthy patient –within a few days. Thus, the implant healing phase might be more accurately described as osseointegration.

Human bone has the unique ability to fuse with the biologically-friendly material of the dental implant. This osseointegration period varies, depending on the quantity and quality of bone at the implant site, but generally the implant is solidly anchored within a few months.

Implant restoration

Following implant placement, a healing abutment (cap) is placed on the implant.  This may be done at the time of placement or after completion of integration.  This piece serves to shape the soft tissue to prepare for the crown.  The restoration is finished with a porcelain crown that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Restoration of an implant secured bridge or denture is similar, but multiple implants are involved.  Your general dentist completes the restoration portion of the procedure.

Are you ready for more detail on implant placement than this overview provides? Call Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS at (219) 307-4382 to schedule a consultation in Valparaiso – Merrillville, IN.

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