The Implant Process

  1. Dr. Crete will evaluate your existing condition and determine the type and number of implants necessary to restore your mouth to maximum function and ideal esthetics.
  2. An appointment is scheduled to place the implant into the jaw bone.  This is generally completed with only local anesthetic.  Nitrous Oxide and other relaxation or sedation medications are available upon patient request.
  3. Most patients experience very minor pain or discomfort following the placement of the implant.  The most typical patient comment is something like:  “That was easier than having the tooth pulled and way easier than the root canal I had.”
  4. The jaw bone grows into the implant for approximately 2-3 months.  During this time you are able to function normally and typically do not have any discomfort.
  5. Follow-up x-rays are taken to ensure ideal connection of the implant to the jaw bone (a process called osseointegration) and then Dr. Crete will take impressions to fit you for your crown, bridge, or denture. Once the implant has been placed into the bone, the procedures to restore the tooth (teeth) do NOT require any local anesthesia because it is virtually painless!!

Common Questions Dealing with Dental Implants

How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Is the treatment painful?
How will I feel after the treatment?
How will I care for my dental implants?
Other Questions About Dental Implants…

How much time is required for a dental implant placement?

Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue (gum) due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort.

The dental implant process can take from two to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for two to six months to connect and integrate with the jawbone. During this period of time, you will be fit for a temporary tooth (or teeth) to allow for the best esthetics until the permanent crown or bridge is placed on the implant.

The overall time period depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to our office throughout the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?

The placement of a dental implant is technically a minor surgical procedure. With any surgery, there can be some discomfort, however, our patient’s typically report only minor pain and often only need to take over-the-counter pain medication following the procedure.

Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and sedation medications are often administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process.

Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. We will prescribe appropriate medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.

Ask us about other patients who have already had tooth replacement therapy (implant placement) to assess their personal experience.

“I have had 3 implants placed over the past 5 years….at first I was very nervous but the process was a piece of cake and Dr. Crete and his staff were always so reassuring and comforting to me….I love not having the gaps in my teeth and I can’t even tell the implants are there…they feel like natural teeth”.

Patient—Doris D. Age 65

How will I feel after the treatment?

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an over-the-counter pain medication. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

How will I care for my dental implants?

Your new implant teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing is just as important for your implants as it is for your other teeth. We recommend all patients with implants maintain their regular dental cleaning intervals with the maximum length between cleanings to be 6 months.  Anti-bacterial mouth rinses that are alcohol-free, such as BreathRx, are highly recommended.