Overview of Implant Placement
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The procedure to place an implant takes about 45 minutes for one implant and about 90 minutes for multiple implants. Full-arch (same day) implant, or “immediate load” full-arch restorations will take longer. 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.
Dr. Horalek will bring great precision and attention to your case by treatment planning the case digitally (merging cone beam computed tomography with optical, surface scan technology) and performing guided surgery. When you are comfortable, Dr. Horalek will gently place the implant fixture (or 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: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.
Computed tomography image of implants in planning with nerve mapping
Illustrated Dental Implant Process
2. Tooth Loss
3. Healed Bone
4. Implant Placed
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.
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: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.