Overview of Implant Placement

The Surgical Procedure

Our periodontists perform the surgery to insert the titanium implant underneath the gums.  The procedure is relatively quick with a recovery that is typically easier than an extraction.  The implant is either placed at the same time as tooth removal, or after the tooth has been removed with a bone graft.  Local anesthesia is provided, and intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are available as options. 

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 loosing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
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

Healing after Dental Implant Surgery

The length of time varies in every situation, depending upon the quality and quantity of your bone. The periodontist will advise you on the recommended length of healing time, as well as the frequency of follow-up visits.