Implant Procedure in McLean, VA

Overview of Implant Procedure

The Dental implant is a root replacement. It is placed under the gums, inside the bone, where the natural root would usually be. Once the implant fuses to the bone around it (takes 3-4 months), the implant is then used to anchor the crown you see in the mouth.
The procedure to place a single dental implant takes 8-10 minutes once you are numb. The procedure and recovery are often more gentle and smooth than a tooth removal.
A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed. When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the area, creates a pocket in the bone using special instruments, and gently inserts the dental implant. The implant is buried under the bone and gums.

Implants are often placed 4 months after extraction. (See Bone Graft After Tooth Removal.) Occasionally, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth, depending on the anatomy and the health of the tissue in the area.

Once you are missing a tooth, and whether a bone graft after tooth removal was performed or not, you may need bone grafting either simultaneously with or prior to implant placement. Examples of this situation are discussed in Bone Graft Before or During Implant Placement. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.
Each person/situation is different. Your surgeon will discuss with you the need for antibiotics, post-procedure comfort management, or the need for anesthesia in bigger cases, etc.
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Single Stage Implant Placement, Lower First Molar
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