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.
2. Tooth Loss
3. Healed Bone
4. Implant Placed
6. Implant Restored