Overview of Dental Implant Placement

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

The dental implant procedure takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and up to 2 hours for multiple implants. For your comfort, implant placement is commonly completed under intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.

The surgery begins with Dr. Haupt making a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the underlying bone. Space is then created in the bone with special instruments and surgical burs, which allows precise and accurate placement of the dental implant. After the implant is placed, a small healing abutment is placed on top of the implant. This healing abutment is barely visible through the gum tissue and provides the architecture for the natural gum tissue to grow around. Dissolvable stitches are placed and do not need to be removed.

Upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
Upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
Healed upper jaw bone after losing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
Initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
Healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
Fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored