If you need a dental implant procedure, here is an outline of what you need to know.
To understand how dental implants work, you need to know the three parts of a dental implant.
A Dental Implant Procedure is a sequence of three steps starting with evaluation and ending with the final restoration.
Step One: Evaluation
The dental implant process begins with the evaluation of overall health and the site of where the implant needs to be placed. An adequate evaluation must include a CT scan. Things that are examined include the condition of the bone and gums as well as the adjacent teeth.
Step Two: Surgery
The dental implant placement surgery begins with a sequence of drills until the implant is finally placed. The entire process takes no longer than 10-15 minutes and is usually completed under local anesthesia. The actual process of placing a dental implant is less involved than a tooth removal. In fact, it is much less traumatic in both the process and healing. Sometimes you may not even need an incision to place the implant. This is known as flapless “no incision” surgery. In such circumstances, the patient experiences minimal discomfort, little to no bleeding, and faster healing and recovery.
In the vast majority of situations you can have the tooth removed as well as the implant placed at the same time. In fact, this is the most preferred method by experienced clinicians and the best way to preserve the bone.
You may never have to go without a tooth when you undergo implant placement, and often times it does not have to be a removable flipper as we often see. In our experience, fixed bonded temporary restorations or immediately loaded implants can offer a fixed alternative to removable flippers and dentures.
Patients often ask, Do dental implants hurt?
The vast majority of patients report that healing from dental implant procedure was much easier than healing from tooth extraction. This also consistent with the science that there is little discomfort with healing after a dental implant procedure.
Step Three: Final Restoration
Depending on how many teeth are missing, the final restoration can be a crown or a bridge. After implant placement, there is a waiting period of 4-6 months before the final restoration is completed. This period of time is needed to allow the bone to adhere to the implant through a process called implant osseointegration. Generally, osseointegration of dental implants takes 4-6 month depending on density of bone and overall health of the patient.
We are passionate about this area of dentistry, and our clinical results and level of expertise are second to none in the Portland Metro area. Take a moment to view our clinical results.
Take advantage of our free implant consultation, which includes a complimentary 3D scan used to evaluate your bone and plan your implant.