More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They're a long-term solution that is embedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The implant team include your dentist, a lab technician, and our surgeons. After an implant is placed by our specialized surgeons, it will heal to the jaw bone over a period of six weeks to four months depending on the surgery. At this point our surgeons will release you back to your dentist to start the restorative process of adding the crown/prosthesis to the implant.
Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery, and is best done by a trained surgeon. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) have the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results.
When implants need to be placed your surgery can be done with local anesthesia similar to dental procedures, with nitrous oxide or laughing gas to help relax you or be done asleep under intravenous anesthesia. Please convey your interest to "go to sleep" when scheduling your consultation as we have some important instructions for you to follow.