Dental Implant Placement Procedure
The procedure for dental implant placement can take between 20 to 40 minutes for a single implant and between two to three hours for multiple implants. Although the exact time and number of appointments required will vary according to the needs of each individual patient. Our oral surgeons and team will ensure that you will provide the highest level of care possible.
In order to make certain that you are comfortable, Dr. Jiries Mogannam, Dr. Vicente Chavez and Dr. Christopher Chow can provide their patients with intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). We will discuss these options with you during your consultation. You will also receive a local anesthetic in your mouth where the dental implant will be placed.
Once you have come under the effect of the sedation, our oral surgeons will make a small incision in your gum tissue and reveal the bone. Once the bone is exposed, they will create space for the implant using special instruments and then carefully insert the titanium implant. In many cases, after your procedure, the top of the implant will be visible through the gum, but sometimes there are occasions during the early stages of healing to cover the implant with gum tissue.
Healing Post Implant Placement
After your procedure the healing will begin. The time it takes for a person to recover from this surgery depends on the individual. The quality and quantity of bone will have a large impact on your recovery time. Our oral surgeons will advise you on the timing of your follow-up care. Once your initial phase of healing has been completed, you will come in for a short visit where a support post or a healing cap will be placed onto the dental implant. This will allow the gum tissue to mature and it will give access to the implant itself.
At the time that the implants are placed, we may also take impressions. This allows us to have crowns ready as soon as your implants have healed. The amount of time required for your mouth to heal from your procedure is largely dependent on a variety of different factors. In order to determine if you have healed enough to begin the restorative phase of your treatment and make sure that your mouth is healing well you will need to come to our office for follow-up care appointments.
There are occasions where it will benefit you to have a soft tissue graft in order to attain stronger, more easily cleaned and natural appearing gum tissue around your implant. A soft tissue graft will involve taking a small amount of your gum tissue from a different part of your mouth and moving it to the area around your implant. This procedure is usually quick and fairly simple.
Your restoration will be completed when you come in to Sonoma County Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center when our oral surgeons will fit your replacement tooth to your dental implant.
When Will Your Dental Implants Be Placed?
Usually your mouth has healed enough for implants to be placed several months after extraction. There are situations where implants can be placed immediately after the extraction of the tooth. In these cases, you will not have to wait another appointment to have the implant placed. If you have an infection or another problem with the bone, then immediate implant placement will not be the best treatment option for your needs.
If you have been missing the tooth that you wish to have replaced with dental implants for a long time, then it is likely that the jawbone where your missing teeth used to be has shrunk and become thin. This condition is due to the lack of stimulation to the jawbone from the natural tooth. During the year following your tooth extraction, it is possible to lose up to one third of your jawbone’s thickness. We recommend a bone graft for patients who have experienced moderate to severe bone loss. A bone graft can ensure that your implant has enough support.
If you are interested in learning more about the placement of dental implants in Santa Rosa, California, give us a call at 707-566-7300 and we will answer any questions that you may have. We can also set you up with an appointment to see our oral surgeons.