The Implant Procedure
Depending on your dental needs, Dr. Van Slate will recommend an oral surgeon that will surgically place your dental implants. Dr. Van Slate will work with oral surgeon to oversee and plan the placement of your dental implants. The placement of the implants is usually an outpatient procedure performed at the oral surgeon’s office with general anesthesia. The length and complexity of the procedure depends on the number of implant posts being placed. Most patients report little pain during or after the procedure.
The implant restoration has three basic parts: 1) The dental implant that the surgeon places into the jawbone, 2) the abutment that rests above the gum tissue and screws into the implant and 3) the crown that is cemented on the abutment that simulates the missing tooth. Completed healing time of the implant, called osseointegration, varies from two to six months.