Dental Implants – What is the first step?
Dental implant care is a team effort between our doctors, who will place the implant, and your general dentist or prosthodontist restoring the implant. It is our job to make this process as easy as possible for our patients, so we will handle all of the coordination between our office and your general dentist.
We will communicate exactly what needs to happen to ensure the continuation of care to complete your treatment. We will also help patients obtain insurance information regarding dental implant treatment coverage and we will assist patients with insurance billing.
The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.
Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort and intravenous sedation. These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue for revealing the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.