What Are Dental Implant Procedures Like?

Dental Implant Overview

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Dental Implant Overview

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. We try to perform as many procedures at one time to lower the number of appointments needed for treatment. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone and implant stability. In most cases, implants can be restored in two to four months. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed. If needed, sedation can be used to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

For the first two to four months following implant placement, the implants may be beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. If needed, you will be able to wear a temporary removable appliance (Essix Temporary, Partial, or Denture). Sometimes a temporary (crown or bridge) can be attached to the implants the day the implants are placed (immediate temporary). Either way the area is temporized, it is critical to be careful around the dental implants and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the tooth replacement phase begins. If necessary Drs. Craddock or Godat will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. An impression might be taken. Then posts (called abutments) can be connected to the implants. The final teeth replacements (crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures) are then made over the abutments by your dentist.

The entire procedure usually takes two to four months. Sometimes bone and soft tissue regrowing procedures are necessary and may require longer healing times, usually two to six months. Most patients experience little to no disruption in their daily life.