The Implant Procedure
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are artificial root replacements, which will function and look like natural teeth. Dr. Adams will surgically place the implant into the jawbone. A small root replacement post is then attached to the implant. This post provides a stable anchor for an artificial replacement tooth.
After the patient agrees to the dental implant procedure, an impression of the tooth/teeth is taken to fabricate a scanning appliance. The scanning appliance is placed in the patient’s mouth and a 3D image of the jaw is taken. Through this image the best depth and angle of the implant placement is determined. A guided surgery appliance is fabricated to help Dr. Adams facilitate the exact placement of the dental implant into the patient’s mouth.
For most patients, a local anesthetic similar to what is used to numb a tooth for a filling, is all that is needed for the placement of dental implants.
The implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implant will have a small healing cap in the mouth while the implant bonds with the jawbone. If you currently wear dentures, they will be modified so that you can wear them during this phase. If the implant will be replacing a front tooth an Essix appliance (temporary denture) will be fabricated to help create a pleasing smile during this period.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the third phase begins. Dr. Adams will remove the healing cap from the implant and take an impression for the implant abutment (post) and crown. In approximately 2 weeks the abutment and crown are inserted onto the implant.
Under certain circumstances if a tooth needs to be extracted an immediate dental implant can be placed. The benefit of an immediate dental implant is that it takes less visits (2 phases instead of three) which saves the patient time and money.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months and is entirely performed by Dr. Adams; from surgically placing the implant to the final restoration. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.