5 Perfect Things to Make Placing Implants a Breeze

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Dental implants have increased in demand as more and more patients choose this procedure to replace missing teeth. Therefore, many dentists recently have expanded their services to offer dental implants to their patients. Even after undergoing the coursework and training necessary to offer dental implants, it can be easy to overlook certain aspects of the procedure. You’ve probably come across a multitude of literature that covers surgical methods and clinical protocols, but many of these resources lack information on the basic tools and placement of those tools to help make your dental implant procedure successful. Read on as we explore five things to consider when placing an implant.

Before you begin …

Ensure that the room is thoroughly disinfected, dusted, and free of any debris that could cause an infection. All surfaces must be wiped with CaviWipes, CaviCide or your preferred sterile cleaning agent of choice. Countertops must be covered with sterile drapes, including the implant machine, implant drill kit and surgical cassette. Before handling the machine or drill kit, you must wear sterile gloves and the dentist and dental technicians or assistants should be clothed in sterile gowns, hair covers and safety glasses.

Your setup

Your basic setup should include two dental mirrors, two pairs of cotton pliers, a periodontal probe, hemostats, a suction holder, surgical scissors, retractors, and scalpels. Think about your preferences during the procedure. You may want some of these tools placed on your tray or opt for your dental assistant to hand you certain tools as you need them.

Surgical handpiece and motor

The surgical site must be sterile before placing the implant. We recommend using a sterile Monoject syringe to irrigate the surgical site. You may also find it useful to use a sterile saline pump with tubing to use for internal and external irrigation.

Tissue punch kit

If you prefer to access the implant site with the least amount of surgical trauma when performing a flapless surgical procedure, opt for a tissue punch. A micro-blade scalpel and serrated curette may come in handy when excavating the tissue plug from the surgical site.

Digital caliper

Confirming your drill-stop lengths is vital when placing implants. Therefore, consider using a digital caliper during this process. You’ll get better results for implant placement and are less likely to perforate the sinus cavity when placing implants in the maxillary jawbone.

Sterile cups, a basin and a garbage bag

Have a garbage bag or bin nearby to discard used gauze so that the patient doesn’t see blood. You may also find it helpful to keep a few sterile cups or basins in the room for water, and saline, or to discard used sharp objects when finished.

Before your patient leaves, be sure to provide them with their post-operative care instructions, their prescription for medications (if necessary) and an ice pack to help reduce pain and swelling on their way home. They may also need extra sterile gauze to help with bleeding during the first 24 hours.

If you would like to learn more about offering dental implants in your practice or how to work with one of the best dental labs, please contact Premier Dental Arts. We are a full-service dental lab located in Kingsport, Tennessee. We offer the industry’s highest quality products and look forward to partnering with you. To learn more or set up a consultation, please call (888) 732-5221.