Dental Implant Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants is a team approach involving the restorative dentist and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. There are generally two surgical procedures involved when dental implants are placed, but this can vary. They are both performed by Dr. Falcone. The first surgical phase is the longer of the visits.  At this visit the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. These small cylinders provide the framework necessary to support your replacement teeth.  During the first 4-6 months following your initial surgery, the implants remain buried under the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. While your implant is “integrating” with your jawbone, you should be able to wear a temporary restoration in the area and eat a soft diet. Many times your restorative dentist can begin to create your new replacement teeth while the implants are bonding to your jawbone.

The second phase of your implant surgery begins 4-6 months after your implants have been placed. By this time your implant has bonded to the jawbone. At the second surgical visit Dr. Falcone will uncover your implant and place a “healing abutment” which exposes the implant into your mouth and allows for gum healing in the area.

Approximately two weeks later, you can be sent to your restorative dentist and he can begin the process of making your new teeth. The restorative dentist will need to take an impression of the implant. He will also need to place a small post called an abutment on top of the implant to provide support for your new tooth. Your new tooth will fit over the abutment and it will not be visible. The complete procedure takes about 6-8 months and should not disrupt your life or daily activities in any way.

Implants can now also be immediately placed and restored when a tooth is removed, drastically
shortening treatment time.  Dr. Falcone will discuss your options with you on your consultation visit.

Once an implant has been placed and restored, it is necessary to have regular check-ups and hygiene visits with your restorative dentist. You will also need a yearly follow-up with
Dr. Falcone.  In many ways, implants are like natural teeth and
require routine maintenance to function properly and avoid potential problems.  If they are not cared for, dental implants can be lost just like your natural teeth.

So, if you are one of the millions of Americans that suffers from permanent tooth loss and wish to eliminate the problems and pain caused by missing teeth, bridges, partial dentures or complete dentures; try dental implants. They will allow you to rediscover the joy of eating your favorite foods, speaking clearly and laughing comfortably as well as bring a smile to your face.