Dental implants offer a natural looking replacement for adult teeth. In addition, implants restore functionality to the jaw, making speaking, eating and chewing easier. Most implants are comprised of a screw that is embedded into the bone, and a post (abutment), to which the prosthesis is attached.
How are dental implants placed?
It is usually performed in two short visits, the first visit being typically an hour in length and the second taking around thirty minutes.
After the specialist has analyzed the X-rays and diagnostic results, the implant can be inserted. This procedure will be performed under local anesthetic, unless another type of sedation is preferred.
Here is a step-by-step process for the first stage of dental implant placement:
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The short version is that a specialist will get you numb and work in your mouth for a bit then send you home. After some weeks he will get you back to his office, get you numb and work in your mouth for just a few minutes then send you to us ready for treatment
An incision will be made in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone.
A tiny hole will be drilled into the jawbone to insert the implant into.
The implant will be screwed or tapped into the designated position.
A small temporary healing cap is placed to cover the implant, and the surgical site is sutured closed.
After approximately 10 days, the sutures will be removed and the dentist will assess the healing process.
The second treatment phase can be completed around 6 -12 weeks after the first.
The bad news is that you will not have a tooth there during this time. We can fabricate a temporary partial denture or Essix device for cosmetics.
Here is a brief overview of can be expected at the second appointment:
A local anesthetic will be administered, and a tiny incision will be made to expose the healing cap. It will be removed and a small post or abutment will be attached to the implant.
When the healing process is complete, the new crown will be created at our office using the CEREC process. A tiny screw will be used to secure the prosthesis onto the abutment. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure the prosthesis is comfortable, and with any luck the dental implant will be secure for a lifetime.
If you have any questions about dental implants, please ask !