Overview of Implant Placement
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The procedure to place a dental implant usually takes 30 minutes for one implant however if multiple implants are placed surgery time can vary. 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.
Prior to surgery, many patients have the perception or impression, that placement of a dental implant can be a vary traumatic and invasive procedure. It has been our experience that most patients feel the procedure was easier than a routine dental extraction. However for patients that feel that local anesthesia might not be quite enough anesthesia, nitrous-oxide,(laughing gas) and intravenous sedation are available. All of these options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. 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. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.
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. The surgeon will advise you on follow-up care and timing. 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.
After the implant is completely healed an abutment will be placed by either the surgeon or your general dentist. An impression will then be taken to fabricate the permanent crown that will fit over the abutment.
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.
When are dental implants placed?
Implants are often placed several months after an extraction. Once the area is completely healed.
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.
How many implants do I need?
Most frequently, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.