We perform dental implant surgery in different stages depending on whether or not you need any teeth removed. It is an outpatient procedure that is relatively straightforward. The length of the procedure may depend on the health of your jaw bone and whether or not you need bone grafting.
The Basic Stages
If you still have the tooth you want to replace, we begin with removing the damaged tooth. Then we prepare your jaw bone for surgery, and this may mean bone grafting. We recommend bone grafting when the bone you have isn’t thick enough to hold the implant, or the bone is too soft. With bone grafting, we surgically place a bone-like material onto your jaw bone to stimulate the growth of new bone.
Once the bone is ready for the implant, we make a small incision in your gum where we’ll place the implant. We make a small hole in the jaw bone, place the implant, and close the incision. After this has healed, we make a new incision to expose the implant so we can place a collar, also known as a healing cap, on the implant. The site heals after a few weeks, and we remove the cap to place an abutment, which holds the crown.
The whole process from beginning to end can take between four months and a year. Many things may extend the length of the process, including whether or not you need bone grafting, or if the implant is in your upper or lower jaw. The important thing to remember is that choosing a qualified and experienced dentist will make all the difference in your dental implant procedure. At Stono Dental Care, Dr. Game is an experienced dentist who will provide you with exceptional care during your dental implant procedure.
The first step is scheduling a consultation to evaluate the health of your gums and jaw bone to determine a treatment plan that is right for you. Schedule an appointment today by speaking with a friendly team member or requesting an appointment online!