Overview of Implant Placement
The Surgical Procedure
The procedure to place an implant takes around 30 minutes. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case as almost all implants are placed using live CT guided surgery.
Many patients choose IV sedation for comfort during the procedure. These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed.
A small incision in the gum tissue, space is created using special instruments, and the titanium implant is gently inserted.
2. Tooth Loss
3. Healed Bone
4. Implant Placed
6. Implant Restored
The Healing Phase
Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. Typically the implant will need to be in place for 3-4 months to allow the bone to solidify before placing a crown. Dr. Thomas and Wood will advise you on follow-up care and timing. Every patient and situation is different.
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?
Implants are often placed 4 months after extraction and bone graft. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth. This may involve a little more risk, but it simplifies the process—you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement is not the best treatment.
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.