In most cases, the office procedure with Dr. Silberg to place an implant takes about an hour to an hour and a half for one dental implant and no more than two or three hours for multiple implants. While the dental work required to complete your treatment seems complex, it is far more comfortable and more pleasant than conventional dental care. Frequently, many aspects of the treatment can be done without using even local anesthesia.
The dental implant placement process consists of the following steps:
After the dental implant is placed, the area will need to sit undisturbed for two to four months. In some cases, temporary teeth can be connected to the dental implant the same day (see Teeth in an Hour). In some cases an existing denture can be connected to the implants the same day also. The exact amount of time will be determined by a variety of factors. Follow-up care (one to four appointments) is usually needed to ensure that your mouth is healing well and to determine when you are ready for the restorative phase of your treatment.
Your permanent teeth restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions to produce a replica of your mouth and implants, and to make "bite" records, to see the relationship of your upper and lower jaws. With this information, the abutments (support posts) will be chosen that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of support posts exist and frequently, we can use machine-made "off the shelf" support posts.
The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, there may be as few as three short appointments. Between appointments, the time is used to complete the necessary lab work to make your replacement teeth.
Once the restoration process is completed, you are now ready to rediscover all the simple pleasures of life you were unable to enjoy with your old dentures or missing teeth. From a simple smile to a hearty bite of your favorite, once forbidden, food, you will soon find that you have received more than a new set of teeth, but whole new lease on life.