Overview of Implant Placement

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

The procedure to place an implant takes about an hour for one implant and about two hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient.

A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed. For some patients, minimal oral conscious sedation can be discussed.

For more information about the Dental Implant process or to schedule a consult with Dr. Horalek, please use our Contact Us form or call our endodontic office in Raleigh, NC at Raleigh Office Phone Number Raleigh Office Phone Number Raleigh Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.
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Dr. Horalek will bring great precision and attention to your case by treatment planning the case digitally and performing guided surgery. When you are comfortable, Dr. Horalek will gently place the implant post, using a template guide. This is most often done without an incision (flapless), therefore resulting in minimal trauma.

The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes the implant is covered by the soft tissue during healing. Other times a healing abutment will be placed to contour the gingiva while the implant is healing. Call our office to review your dental implant options: Raleigh Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

Computed tomography image of implants in planning with nerve mapping

Overview of Implant Placement, radiograph image with diagnostic notes

Illustrated Dental Implant Process | When Are Dental Implants Placed? | Healing Phase


Illustrated Dental Implant Process

Illustration of a healthy upper jaw with all normal teeth

1. Normal

Illustration of the upper jaw missing a tooth, with the jaw bone unhealed

2. Tooth Loss

An representation of a healed upper jaw bone after loosing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
Illustration of the initial dental implant placed in the upper jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
Illustration of the healed upper jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
Illustration of a fully restored upper front tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

When Are Dental Implants Placed?

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth. If the conditions are favorable, this simplifies the process—you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant.

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 jaw’s thickness can be lost in the year following tooth extraction. If you are missing enough bone, you may benefit from having additional bone grafted into the area. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.


The Healing Phase

Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. An average time period is about four months. In some cases, implants may be restored or provisionalized immediately after they are placed.

Dr. Horalek and his team will advise you on follow-up care and timing. Call us with your questions: Raleigh Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

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