Overview of Implant Placement

The Surgical Procedure

The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.

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During surgery, you will receive intravenous sedation, for comfort, and an IV antibiotic for preventive measures. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed, for greater comfort.

When you are comfortable, Dr. Noffze 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.

Upper jaw and teeth illustration: All normal teeth, before implants
1. Normal
Dental implant placement illustration: the upper jaw missing a front tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
Dental implant placement illustration: a healed upper jaw bone after a front tooth is gone
3. Healed Bone
Dental implant placement illustration: the initial dental implant placed in the upper front jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
Dental implant placement illustration: upper jaw bone healed after dental implant placement
5. Healing
Dental implant placement illustration: a fully restored upper front tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

The Healing Phase

Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed. Dr. Noffze will advise you on follow-up care and timing. After the initial phase of healing, Dr. Noffze places an abutment (support post) or a healing cap onto the implant during a brief follow-up visit. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant.

Occasionally, impressions are made at the time the implant is placed. This enables the crown to be ready when the implants have healed. How long your mouth needs to heal is determined by a variety of factors. Follow-up care (one to four appointments) is usually needed to ensure that your mouth is healing well and to determine when you are ready for the restorative phase of your treatment.

Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.

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

When Are Dental Implants Placed?

Dental implants are often placed at the same time the tooth is extracted. This may involve a slightly increased risk, but it 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 fourth 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.

How Many Implants Do I Need?

Most frequently, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants. However, to restore an entire mouth with implants, the maximum number of implants necessary to be placed in the upper jaw is eight and in the lower jaw, five.


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