Overview of Implant Placement

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

The procedure to place a dental implant varies from patient to patient, including the number of appointments and time required. The dentist will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.

Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be added. 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 dentist makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, 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 in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
A representation of a healed upper jaw bone after losing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
A digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

Missing Teeth? Consider Dental Implants!

For more information about Dental Implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Phillips, call our office in Minnetonka, MN at Tonka Smiles Phone Number 952-938-8533 or