Implant Placement Procedure
The surgical procedure for placing dental implants is much less bothersome and traumatic than patients think. It is often less bothersome and hard on a patient than having several teeth extracted. The team does everything we can to make the process as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Before the Procedure
You can find comfort that the doctor has spent immense time and thought planning out the procedure through pre-operative consultation and examination, study models, and virtual implant case and treatment planning on the computer using 3D x-ray. There is no better way to ensure the procedure goes accordingly and smoothly. Often times the doctor will also place patients on an antibiotic and special mouth rinse a few days before the procedure to help decrease bacteria in surgical area and decrease chance of infection afterwards, which is rare to begin with. The patient is also sometimes instructed to take a steroid the morning of to reduce inflammation. Also sometimes for a very anxious patient, they may be prescribed an oral sedation medication to take the morning of to reduce anxiety (driver/escort necessary).
Procedure and Post-Op
The procedure usually takes several hours to place multiple implants. To ensure comfort and reduce stress, we offer oral anxiety reduction medication, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and we will set up a custom radio station for easy-listening with patient headphones during the procedure! Local anesthesia is administered so there is no discomfort to patient during the procedure. If necessary some sutures will be placed to stabilize the gum tissues, but the majority of the time the sutures we use will go away on their own. Several specific post-procedure instructions will be given regarding care and home hygiene, and it is very important to the success of the implant that the patient follow them. The patient is given pain medication and usually continues with their antibiotic.
DentureCare and Implant Solutions
Patient Review By Lorrie G
I had dentures for over 5 years. I was fortunate to have only a top plate but I could no longer enjoy food as I used to. I learned that a lot of your taste buds are in the roof of your mouth. I researched implants for over two years. I could not find any that I could afford. Then by chance I dropped my denture on the dining table. (I would take them out and eat with my gums, much to my family's dismay). I had dropped them numerous times but they had never broken. Guess they just fell the right way or it was God's way of showing me where I needed to go. When I went into denture solutions to get them fixed I asked about implants. Dr. Joc Jernigan talked with me and I told him the reasons I was unhappy with my dentures. He came up with a solution that would work for me and one that I could afford. Now I can eat like I used to, have a beautiful smile and am very happy with the results I got. Dr. Joc Jernigan is the best dentist and person I have ever met in this profession. He truly cares about people and that is rare in this day and time. He showed me kindness when I needed it the most! Thanks to all at denture solutions for the way they helped me to change my life for the better.
- Lorrie G
Patient Review By Susan O
Thank you dr. Jernigan and girls !!! Oh what a good job for handling my anxiety and explaining everything to me more than one time . Absolutely never any pain and making it an easy recovery. Gosh, life is wonderful to eat with no more problems from those pesky bad teeth with all their own little nags and no more sensitivity which alone by itself is worth every dime !!!! Along with all mentioned , I also have a beautiful smile. " This makes entering the 50's so much more pleasant. Dr. Jernigan,"Thanks for letting me be entertained by the Goo Goo Dolls through the procedure and sorry for falling asleep a half dozen times while pulling teeth and putting my implants in. You did a magnificent job and thanks for caring most of all !!! So anyway this is me now because of you . Thank you and the girls !!!!!!
- Susan O
Patient Review By Carolyn R
You and your associates are phenomenal, the greatest!! Love Love my implants. Your care of me was excellent. Thank You from my heart. Now I can eat, talk, laugh and enjoy life at it's fullest, and I do. Thanks to you. Such an excellent job. You are God sent and you will do well for this Rocky Mount area. Thank you. As Always Smiling, CR We are Blessed to Have you!!
- Carolyn R
Patient Review By Tom G
Thank you so much! I could not be happier with my new implants. I can eat the foods I used to eat 🙂
- Tom G
Patient Review By Judy B
I never imagine I would love going to a dentist! LOL But these people make it a pleasant experience!
- Judy B
Patient Review By Barbara S
I had two teeth cut out on the lower gum and two implants inserted on the same day. Dr. Joc was great and I never had any pain. I also got new lower and upper dentures and have had nothing but praise from my family about how pretty and natural they look. If you have any adjustment done the staff is the greatest to work with and very good at knowing what needs to be done. The implants are very reasonably compared to other Dentist. I would recommend these Doctors and Staff to my family and friends.
- Barbara S
Patient Review By David B
The implants have really helped me keep my lower denture in place without it moving and without having to use all of that sticky adhesive. Now I can eat whatever I what without having to worry about my denture moving around.
- David B
Patient Review By Leonard M
The implants have really improved my ability to eat. I am able to eat corn on the cob. I am eating more and I am eating better foods now. Before I had the implants my dentures did not stay in place and they jumped around in my mouth. Implants have improved my life!!!
- Leonard M