We Have A Special Treat For You
We have a special treat for you today! I sat down with Dr. Shane Conner, an oral maxillofacial surgeon with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates (OMSA), and I’d like to share the video of our meeting with you. We discuss how the implant treatment is easier than most people think and he answers lots of common questions about the procedure. Dr. Shane is one of 7 oral surgeons in a group that has 5 offices serving southeastern Wisconsin — their Slinger, WI office is the closest to our practice. Watch the video and you’ll learn why dental implants are a popular treatment.
OMSA provides a full scope of treatments that an oral surgeon can offer such as:
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Oral extractions
- Dental implant placement
- Bone grafting
- TMJ treatment
- Corrective jaw surgery
At our practice, we refer implant consultations to OMSA and we place the crown after the implant has healed. In the video, Dr. Shane explains that a consultation usually takes about 30 minutes and in that time, he and the patient will discuss the patient’s primary complaint, medical history, medications and allergies. He will then do a thorough head and neck examination and review any dental X-rays. With this information, Dr. Shane will develop a treatment plan and go over different options. He will also go over what implants actually are, as this may be a new topic to them.
At Dr. Shane’s office, the implant is typically placed immediately, whereas at other offices you might have the tooth extraction first and then have to wait to have the implant to be placed. The advantage of placing it immediately is that the patient doesn’t need multiple appointments and they reach their end goal sooner — having a crown placed on the implant at our Kewaskum Family Dentistry office.
The #1 question Dr. Shane gets about implants is whether they will hurt. When dealing with implants, the vast majority of patients have little to no restrictions the day following the implant surgery. They usually only need over-the-counter pain relievers. In fact, most patients tell him that the surgery was much easier than they thought it would be and they had little to no discomfort following the procedure.
We hope this explains how the implant procedure works and how we work directly with Dr. Shane to give you the best possible implant treatment. Please let us know if you have any questions.