Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The Implant Procedure
The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. And our highly qualified surgeon will bring great precision and attention to your individual needs. There are many options that will be discussed with you at your consultation appointment to ensure that you receive the best treatment option.
Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implants will be placed.
After you are comfortable, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, and create a space using special instruments. We will then insert the titanium implant in the new space. The top of the implant is often visible through the gum. In some cases, if it is most beneficial to the patient’s early stages of healing, our dentist will choose to cover the implant using gum tissue.
Healing phase for patients varies from person to person and also is dependent on the quality and quantity of the bone. Our surgeon will advise you on follow-up care and timing. The dentist may decide to place additional protection (healing cap, abutment, impression, etc.) to the implant if it is necessary to ensure your procedure heals properly.
Whether it’s one tooth or several of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant. Implants are often placed several months after the extraction.
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. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is place in the jaw.