Because each patient has an individualized treatment plan, the number of appointments and the time required to complete implant treatment will vary.
Prior to implant surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide. A local anesthetic will be administered in order to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed.
Once comfortable, we will make a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone. We then create a space using special instruments and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes, during the early stages of healing, it is better to have the implant covered by the gum tissue. Again, this will vary by patient and is dependent upon your treatment plan.
Healing After Implant Placement
Once the implant is placed, healing begins. The length of time it takes to heal varies from person to person and depends upon the quality and quantity of bone. After the initial phase of healing, We will place an abutment (support post) onto the implant. This allows the gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant. We will advise you on follow-up care and timing.
Sometimes impressions are made at the time the implant is placed. This enables the crown to be ready when the implants have healed. Follow-up care (a few office visits) is usually needed to ensure that your mouth is healing well and to determine when you are ready for the restorative phase of your treatment.
Whether it’s one tooth or multiple teeth that are being replaced, all restorations will be completed by precisely fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.
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