Overview of Implant Placement
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The procedure to place a dental implant can take 30 to 60 minutes. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.
Dental implants can be placed using local anesthetic or an intravenous sedation may also be possible. In either scenario, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum.
2. Tooth Loss
3. Healed Bone
4. Implant Placed
6. Implant Restored
Healing after Dental Implant Surgery
Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. In some cases, implants may be temporized immediately after they are placed. The surgeon will advise you on follow-up care and timing. In other cases a healing abutment may be placed at the time of implant placement. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant.
How long your mouth needs to heal is determined by a variety of factors. Follow-up care (one to four appointments) is usually needed to ensure that your mouth is healing well and to determine when you are ready for the restorative phase of your treatment.
Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
When are dental implants placed?
If not placed at the time of the extraction, implants are often placed several months after extraction. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement may not be possible. Your surgeon will advise you as to the best treatment protocol.
If your tooth has been missing for some time, the adjacent support bone is likely to grow thinner and shrink. This occurs because the root of the natural tooth has to be present to stimulate the bone. As much as one third of your jaw’s thickness can be lost in the year following tooth extraction. If you are missing enough bone, you may benefit from having additional bone grafted into the area. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.