Dental Implants at Affiliated Dental Care

Dental Implant Procedure

The implant procedure is a surgical placement of a titanium implant or implants in your jaw bone, involving two main stages separated by a minimum of three months healing time.

Step One: Dental Implant Surgery

The first step is dental implant surgery, in which the implants are placed into the jaw bone. First, an incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is then drilled into the jawbone and the implant is placed into the hole. The hole is made bigger by successively drilling holes with a larger drill each time. The implant is then placed into the hole precisely and the incision in the gum is stitched closed.

Healing Time

During the healing time, the bone grows in and around the titanium implant, creating a very strong support.

Step Two: Implant Restoration

The second step is implant restoration, in which a crown or denture is built on top of the dental implants.

In some cases, depending on the patient's jaw bone anatomy, a sinus lift or a dental bone graft is needed too. A sinus lift is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars. A procedure of building up the bone is known as Bone Grafting. The bone that is used is one of three types. The preferred bone to use is taken from other areas of your mouth or collected in a suction device as the drilling of the sites for dental implants occurs. Sometimes bone is taken from areas such as a hip (this requires an orthopedic surgeon and an operating room). The third source for needed bone is a synthetic type. This is the least preferred type of bone to be used for this procedure. Here at Affiliated Dental Care, we have never had to resort to measures quite this drastic.

Dental implants can be rejected, and are usually then replaced with another implant of a slightly larger size. The rejection or "failure" rate is minimal, only 1 to 2% of all implant procedures. If you wear dentures, you must go without wearing your denture for one day to two weeks after an implant placement. After the implant has "taken" and you have sufficiently healed, a very natural crown is placed on the implant.

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