Dental Implant Procedure

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How Do Dental Implants Work?

If you need a dental implant procedure, here is an outline of what you need to know.

  1. Evaluation: The first appointment consists of a CT scan and clinical evaluation of your bone, surrounding tissue, and teeth, and overall health.
  2. Surgery: The second appointment consists of placement of the implant. This step is often completed during tooth removal with a temporary replacement.
  3. Restoration: This takes place 4-6 months after surgery. It completes the permanent restoration of the implant with an abutment and crown.

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Dental Implants Procedure

To understand how dental implants work, you need to know the three parts of a dental implant.

  • Implant Body: This is the actual titanium post that goes into jawbone.
  • Abutment: This goes on top of the implant and helps retain the crown.
  • Crown: This is the final restoration that goes on top of the abutment.

The Implant Procedure is a sequence of three steps starting with evaluation and ending with the final restoration.

Step One: Evaluation

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The first step in the implant process begins with an evaluation of the patients overall health and dental implant area. All evaluations include a required CT scan. During the scan the Doctor will examine the condition of the bone, gums and the adjacent teeth.

Step Two: Surgery

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Dental implant placement surgery begins with a sequence of drills until the implant is finally placed. The entire process takes no longer than about 10-15 minutes and is typically completed while under local anesthesia. Therefore 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.

The vast majority of situations you can have the tooth removed and have the implant placed at the same time. In fact, this is the most preferred method by experienced clinicians and above all 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 is also consistent with the science that there is little discomfort with healing after a dental implant procedure.

Step Three: Final Restoration


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Depending on how many teeth are missing, the final restoration can be a crown or a bridge. After the implant is placed there is a waiting period of about 4-6 months before the final restoration can be completed. Since 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 around 4-6 months depending on the density of bone and overall health of the patient.

Because we are passionate about this area of dentistry, as a result our clinical results and level of expertise are second to none in the Portland Metro area. Also, we would like to invite you to take a moment and view some of our before and after images.

Take advantage of our free implant consultation, which includes a complimentary 3D scan used to evaluate your bone and plan your implant.

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