There is always a surgical phase and a restorative phase. The time span between these stages may vary, depending on each individual case. In some cases, the implant can have a ‘tooth’ placed immediately. At other times, a healing period of about three months is necessary.
Dental implant stages:
- Surgical phase
- Restorative phase
The implant surgery will be done in a comfortable and compassionate way at Sedation and Implant Dentistry Las Vegas, under local anesthetic or sedation using strict sterile operating techniques. To place an implant, small incisions are made into your gum to expose the underlying jaw bone. Using special tools, the implant is then inserted into the underlying jaw bone. The surgical area is then closed around a healing abutment and the dental implant is allowed to heal ‘osseointegrate’ (bony integration) for a period of three months.
If the tooth you are having replaced with a dental implant is in the aesthetic zone, you will be provided with an temporary denture. This will be placed immediately following the extraction of the tooth and insertion of the dental implant. This temporary denture is to keep you looking good in the three months while waiting for the implant to complete osseointegration.
At Sedation and Implant Dentistry Las Vegas, we believe that the appropriate standard of care for complete tooth loss (edentulousness) in the lower jaw is the provision of implant retained overdentures. Implant Retained Dentures are biologically conservative. Implants that are placed to retain dentures can function with total independence of the remaining teeth.
There is a male component attached to the implant with a female component housed within the denture. A minimum of two implants are required in the lower jaw, and often four to six implants in the upper jaw, to ensure the success of overdentures.
People with complete dentures often suffer traumatic ulcers from constantly moving dentures, as well as pain from exposed nerves due to bone loss. There may be also a need for relines, as well as having to cope with sticky, messy denture adhesives, not to mention the inability to taste or grasp food properly. With implants, stable dentures become a possibility.
The degree of integration of the implant to the bone will be examined after three months. Dr. Gonzales will perform a simple ‘torque test’. This short exam is completely painless and does not require any local anaesthetic. Provided osseointegration has been successful, our staff will take an impression of the dental implant. The impression is sent to our lab technician who will then construct the final crown. Dr. Gonzales will work with you so that the color and contour of the final crown will be as natural as possible.
It usually takes three weeks for the dental technician to construct the crown. At your follow up appointment, the crown is placed in your mouth and attached to the underlying implant. This procedure is often performed without local anaesthetic.
Maintaining optimal dental hygiene around your dental implant is a life-time commitment and will ensure the chances that your implant will remain successful.