After Placement of Dental Implants
Placement of dental implants can usually be done under local anesthesia, and experience shows that implant placement is far less invasive than having a tooth extracted.
Most people cannot feel the implant and there is not a whole lot to see, however beneath the gum an important process is going on – the implant is fusing with the surrounding jaw bone through a process called ossiointegration. This process can last anywhere from 3-6 months and depending on the type of implant, we have specialized equipment to measure the success of integration.
It is important to keep the area clean and avoid disturbing the area. Depending on treatment approach, it is sometimes possible to immediately attach a man made tooth to the implant, while other times the doctor may prefer to have a healing time usually of 4-6 months before a tooth can be attached.