Obtaining an implant is a collaborative process between myself and your general dentist. The surgical is stage, is my part and the reconstructive stage is the part of your general dentist.
The surgical procedure is performed to place a titanium implant in the empty tooth socket. Once you are ready for implant placement, you will be given antibiotics a week or so prior to the surgical appointment so as to reduce chances of any infection developing. In order to assure your comfort during the surgery, a couple of options will be discussed prior to the appointment. You will either take medication 1-2 hours prior to the surgery that would relax you or you might opt to administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
To begin the surgery, a local anesthetic will be administered to the area and then a small incision is made in the gum tissue to gain access to the bone where the implant is to be place. A portion of the implant is then drilled into the bone, leaving behind the bottom portion on which the crown will later be placed by your general dentist. The bottom portion will be covered with some gum tissue for better healing. After 2-3 months, once it has been determined that the implant has set, I will perform an uncovering procedure to unveil the bottom portion of the implant and prepare the area to be restored by your general dentist.