Surgery is needed to place the implants in your jawbone. Overtime, successful dental implants will depend on the jawbone fusing to the implant.
You can help this process along by maintaining clean teeth and gums over the next few months.
Just before the procedure, you will be asked to rinse your mouth with an antiseptic. Medications to help you relax or get you to become sleepy will be given to you.
Then the jaw is anesthetized and prepared for the placement of the implants. You will be aware of the sound and vibration of the instruments but you shouldn’t feel any pain. The duration of the surgery will depend on the number of implants to be placed.
How It’s Done. Please refer to the figure below (letters A to C).
- Making the Incision - A small incision is created in the gum to reveal the jawbone. This enables the surgeon to prepare the bone.
- Preparing the Bone - A specific hole is gradually and gently drilled into the jawbone. The size of the hole depends on the size of the implants.
- Placing the Implant - The implant is gently tapped into position. Then the incision is closed with stiches. Occasionally, abutments are placed simultaneously with the implants.