The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
A dental implant is placed in 30 to 60 minutes for a single implant and 2 to 3 hours for several implants. The number of appointments and the amount of time needed differs from patient to patient. The surgeon will pay close attention to the specifics of your situation.
You may be given antibiotics before surgery, as well as intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide for your comfort (laughing gas). During your consultation meeting, these options will be reviewed with you. To numb the area where the dental implant will be placed, a local anesthetic will be provided.
When you are relaxed, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the bone, creates space using special devices, and carefully places the titanium implant. The top of this implant is frequently visible through the gum. In the initial stages of recovery, it may be preferable to have the implant covered by gum tissue.
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2. Tooth Loss
3. Healed Bone
4. Implant Placed
6. Implant Restored
Healing After Dental Implant Surgery
When Are Dental Implants Placed?
Implants are generally put months after extraction. An implant may be placed shortly after tooth extraction in some cases. This has a higher risk, but it simplifies the process because you won’t have to wait for another visit to install the implant. When there is an infection or other bone problem, immediate implant implantation is not the best treatment.
If your tooth has been missing for a while, the adjacent support bone is likely to thin and decrease. This occurs because the original tooth’s root has to be present to stimulate the bone. In the year following a tooth extraction, up to one-third of your jaw’s thickness can be lost. If you are missing a significant amount of bone, you may benefit from having more bone grafted into the area. This ensures that the implant is properly supported when it is implanted in the jaw.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
Generally, one implant is placed for every lost tooth. Because many of the larger teeth at the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most standard approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.