Implant Surgery

Implant surgery is performed when the decision has been made to replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants.

To place an implant the implant site is prepared by first making an incision in the gums to expose the bone. The bone is then tapped to create a space for the dental implant. Using an assortment of implant drill bits the space is gradually increased and tapered.

A titanium implant fixture is then inserted into the prepared space. When completed the surgeon will place a healing cap over the implant and stitches the gum tissue back into place. Before the dentist can seat any crowns on the implants time must be given to allow bone to grow around the implants and anchor them securely.

This healing process takes about three months in the lower jaw and about six months in the upper jaw. On your next visit the crown will be ready for permanent placement in the implant fixture.