Overview of Dental Implant Placement
The Surgical Procedure
Prior to surgery, you may recieve antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to revel the bone, then creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better int he early stages if healing to have the dental implant covered by the gum tissue.
The Healing Phase After Dental Implant Placement
Occasionally, impressions are made at the time the impant is placed. This enables the crown to be reayd when the dental implants have healed. How long your mouth needs to heal is determined by a variety of factors. Follow-up care (one to four appointmnts) 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.
It may be beneficial to perform a soft tissue graft to obtain stronger, more easily cleaned and natural appearing gum tissue in the area around the implant. This process involves moving a small amount of gum tissue from one part of your mouth to the area around the dental implant. Most often, it is a brief and relatively comfortable procedure. Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.
When are Dental Implants Placed?
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. As much as one third of your jaws thickness can be lost in th year following tooth extraction. If you are missing enough bone, you may benefit from having additional bone gradted into the are this ensures the dental implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw