Overview of Implant Placement

The Oral Surgery Procedure

Let’s talk about the stages of the dental implant process


First, the teeth that cannot be restored will need to be removed. Due to bone loss that occurs after removing a tooth, a bone graft may be recommended.  If bone grafting is not necessary, you will wait 4-6 months before implant placement. The natural bone that will form in this extraction site needs time to heal and become solid.

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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

Bone grafting:

Bone grafting generally takes around 4 months to become solid bone that is suitable for an implant. This bone creates a solid foundation for the implant to anchor into.

Implant placement:

The implant placement process is a very routine procedure that offers very mild discomfort post-operatively. Many patients report this process being much easier than the extraction. Our surgeons, who are implant specialists, will choose the most ideal location and angulation for optimal chewing and longevity. The placement of one implant can take 30-60 minutes with multiple implants only taking 1-3 hours. After the implant is placed it will remain hidden under the gum tissue for 4 months while the bone fuses to the implant, making it a permanent structure within the bone.

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

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