What to Expect During Dental Implant Surgery

Our team at Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, is dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive care and superior results. Dental implant surgery at our practice is relatively straightforward and is performed as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Mark Tall is dedicated to ensuring that patients receive the best care possible. Because the entire process, from placing to restoring the implants can be performed in-house, your dental team can provide the knowledgeable care you need in a familiar, comfortable environment.

During surgery, Dr. Tall will make an incision in the gums and jawbone to create space for the implant. Once it has healed, he can then attach the abutment and restoration. 

Pre-surgical Appointments

If you required any preparatory treatment, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift, you must have sufficiently healed. Once recovery is complete and your implant surgery is scheduled, the team at Sandcreek Dental will provide you with a list of pre-surgical instructions to follow. This may include medications and supplements to stop taking, as well as foods to gather to ensure you are prepared after surgery. Because dental implant surgery requires you to maintain a soft foods diet for the first few days afterwards, we advise our patients to go ahead and prepare their house with items to make smoothies, soups, mashed potatoes, and other soft foods.

Your Surgical Procedure

On the day of the procedure, Dr. Tall will use a combination of sedation and local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortably sedated. Once you are relaxed and the area is numb, the procedure can begin.


The surgeon will make small incisions in the top of your gum line where the missing tooth once was. For patients who require the placement of multiple dental implants, the surgeon will use a surgical guide for optimal placement. Once the incision is made, special dental instruments will be used to lift the gum tissue in order to access the underlying jawbone tissue. If necessary, the surgeon will smooth and reshape the exposed jawbone to provide a relatively flat surface.

Dental Implant Placement

Once the jawbone is sufficiently prepared, special tools will be used to create a space for the implant within the exposed jawbone. Our team uses advanced techniques and precise methods to avoid damage to nearby tissues, nerves, blood vessels, or adjacent teeth. Once the jaw is ready, your implant posts are inserted. 

Thanks to the advancements made in the dental implant industry, dental implant surgery offers faster treatment and smoother results.

Your Recovery

Because dental implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, you can return home the same day. However, we recommend having a loved one available to drive you to and from the procedure and stay with you for the first 24 hours to assist you. It is not uncommon to experience swelling, pain, and light bleeding for the first few days. These symptoms are typically managed with any prescriptions we provide and over-the-counter pain medications. Following your post-surgical instructions, taking medications as prescribed, and resting with your head elevated will help alleviate any discomfort. Most patients are able to return to work after two to three days of rest.

Schedule Your Consultation

Thanks to the advancements made in the dental implant industry, dental implant surgery offers faster treatment and smoother results. If you are interested in replacing missing teeth with an implant-supported restoration, contact us online or call us at (208) 525-4780. During your private consult, Dr. Tall will discuss all the available dental implant options and the timeline involved.

Dr. Mark Tall

Sandcreek Dental

Dr. Mark Tall and his team in Idaho Falls are dedicated to providing an exceptional dental experience with:

  • Comprehensive care
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Family-oriented approach
  • Genuine patient relationships

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (208) 525-4780

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