The first part of installing a dental implant is the surgical placement of the titanium implant into the bone. The dentist will perform this portion of the procedure for dental implants at the Staten Island office using a local anesthetic to create a small hole in the jaw for the titanium screw, which will hold the implant in place. The length of the procedure will depend on how many implants the patient needs. One dental implant typically takes just a little over an hour to install; if the patient is having several implants placed, this part of the procedure can take anywhere from two to three hours. The patient will leave the office with a temporary protective screw cover, allowing the site to heal and ensuring the implant becomes well anchored. After the initial placement of the implant, there is generally a healing period of about four months. This gives enough time for the implant to fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
Upon returning to complete the dental implants, the Staten Island dental specialist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Minor surgical exposure will take place at the top of the implant and a post will then be attached to the implant. This post will act as the support for the tooth, or prosthesis, to be placed on the dental implant.
Lastly, the restorative phase takes place. During this phase, the dentist will take impressions of the work done thus far and use those impressions to make a prosthesis, which will attach to the implant that was placed. This may require several visits to ensure the patient’s new tooth or teeth appear natural.