Single tooth implants allow your dentist to replace a tooth or fill a gap left by one or more teeth. An implant is required to form a root for the crown. This guide will help you understand what happens during the dental implant procedures, to ensure you feel prepared when you enter the dental clinic.
Dental Implant Surgery
The process from the start of the implant surgery to the time your dentist fits you with a crown can last anywhere from five months to more than one year. It involves receiving surgery two times.
In the first surgery, your dentist will place the implant in your jaw using a plastic surgical guide. After four to five months for implants in the lower jaw and six to seven months for implants in the upper jaw, you will return for your second surgery. This involves uncovering the heads of the implants and placing a collar on top.
After 10 to 14 days, you will go back to the clinic. Your dentist will remove the collar and screw an abutment to the implant along with a temporary crown. You will receive the permanent crown four to six weeks later.
Dental Implant Bone Graft Procedure
If there is insufficient bone to hold the implant in place, you will need bone grafting before the dental implant surgery. Your dentist will insert either actual bone or a material like bone into your jawbone.
In the case you only need to strengthen your jawbone slightly, you will receive a bone graft at the same time as your first surgery. However, if your jawbone is particularly weak, you will need a graft to help regenerate the bone. After such surgery, you will need to wait several months before receiving the dental implant.