Introduction to Implant Placement

The Surgical Process for Dental Implants

For a single implant, the process takes 30 to 60 minutes, but just 2 to 3 hours for several implants. Patients will need different amounts of time and visits. The surgeon will pay close attention to the specifics of your situation and operate with great accuracy.

You could be given antibiotics, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous sedation before surgery for further comfort. You and your doctor will discuss these alternatives when you arrive for your consultation. The location of the dental implant will be numbed with a local anesthetic.

Once you feel at ease, the doctor makes a tiny incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone. He then uses specialized tools to make room before carefully inserting the titanium implant. This implant’s top is often visible through the gums. Sometimes having the implant covered by the gum tissue is preferable during the first phases of recovery.

Recovery after Dental Implant Surgery

Healing now starts. Depending on the kind and amount of bone, the duration varies from person to person. Implants could be reinstated right away in certain circumstances. Your surgeon will provide you with guidance on scheduling and aftercare. During a quick follow-up appointment after the first healing period, the surgeon attaches an abutment (support post) or a healing cap to the dental implant. As a result, the gum tissue may develop, and the implant can be accessed.

On rare occasions, impressions are taken when the implant is inserted. The crown may then be ready when the implants have healed, thanks to this. The length of time your mouth takes to recover depends on a number of variables. To make sure that your mouth is healing properly and to identify when you are ready to go on to the restorative part of your treatment, follow-up care (one to four consultations) is often required.

To create stronger, easier-to-clean, and more aesthetically pleasing gum tissue in the region surrounding the implant, it may be advantageous to do a soft tissue transplant. During this procedure, a small quantity of gum tissue is transferred from one area of your mouth to the region around the implant. The majority of the time, it is a quick and reasonably painless process.

Your dentist will finish the restoration by attaching the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant, whether one tooth or all of your teeth need to be replaced.

When are Dental implants inserted?

Several months following the extraction, implants are often inserted. Sometimes a tooth extraction is followed promptly by the placement of an implant. You won’t need to schedule a second visit to install the implant, so although there may be a little increase in risk, the procedure is streamlined. Immediate implant implantation is not the best course of action when infection or other bone issues are present.

The neighboring support bone may weaken and shrink if your tooth has been gone for a while. This happens because stimulating the bone requires the presence of the original tooth’s root. In the year after tooth extraction, your jaw’s thickness may decrease by as much as one-third. You could benefit from having more bone transplanted into the region if there is considerable bone loss. This guarantees that when the implant is inserted into the jaw, it will be sufficiently supported.

presentations on dental implants
We have created the following multimedia presentation to help you understand dental implants better. There are several frequently asked questions about dental implants.

How many implants do I need?

One implant is typically inserted for every lost tooth. The most typical method is to replace lost back teeth with bigger implants as many of the larger teeth in the rear of your jaws have two or three roots.