Overview of Implant Placement

The Surgical Procedure

The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.

Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed.

When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
A representation of a healed upper jaw bone after losing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
A digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

The Healing Phase

Now the healing begins. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed. The surgeon will advise you on follow-up care and timing. After the initial phase of healing, the surgeon places an abutment (support post) or a healing cap onto the implant during a brief follow-up visit. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant.

Occasionally, impressions are made at the time the implant is placed. This enables the crown to be ready when the implants have healed. How long your mouth needs to heal is 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.

It may be beneficial to perform a soft tissue graft to obtain stronger, more easily cleaned and natural appearing gum tissue in the area around the implant. This process involves moving a small amount of gum tissue from one part of your mouth to the area around the implant. Most often, it is a brief and relatively comfortable procedure.

Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth that are being replaced, your dentist will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the dental implant.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

When Are Dental Implants Placed?

Implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after the extraction of a tooth. This may involve a little more risk, but it simplifies the process—you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement is not the best treatment.

If your tooth has been missing for some time, the adjacent support bone is likely to grow thinner and shrink. This occurs because the root of the natural tooth has to be present to stimulate the bone. As much as one-third of your jaw’s thickness can be lost in the year following tooth extraction. If you are missing enough bone, you may benefit from having additional bone grafted into the area. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.

How Many Implants Do I Need?

Most frequently, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.

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Patient Review By Jerry P

When I returned for my second visit, it was like approaching friends I had not seen for a couple months. No anxiety over the procedure. My first surgery recovery was so mild I went to work around noon the next day. My second surgery results were similar. No surprises. I have one small procedure to go and have no reservations about it. Overall, this experience on a one to ten scale was a ten. I must also say that the staff is absolutely excellent in their competency, social skills, and outright friendliness. This office is an example of what all Doctor Offices should be like. Thank you for being a great part of our community.

- Jerry P

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Patient Review By Ana A P

Excellent. The best Dr in Town.

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Patient Review By James M

I highly recommend Dr. Krueger as an oral surgeon.

- James M

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Patient Review By Melissa F

I love how Dr. Krueger talks to me while he is working always reassuring me that Im doing good Im an extremely nervous person with shots and he helps quite a bit by just doing something as simple as that. Thank you Dr. Krueger....You're the Best!

- Melissa F

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Patient Review By Perry P

Very satisfied with procedure results. Minimal discomfort. Will gladly recommend to friends.

- Perry P

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Patient Review By Mark G

Having Dr. Krueger call me personally several hours after my extraction and implant placement was more than I expected. It was a personal touch that I wont forget and a business practice that other medical professionals would be wise to use as well. Dr. Krueger and his staff made a very uncomfortable situation very easy for me. They were comforting and supportive during my procedure and though my anxiety level was very high,they made every effort to encourage me and keep me comfortable. Should the need arise for Dr. Kreugers services again, I wouldn't hesitate to see him again.He and his staff are true professionals and a credit to their practice..

- Mark G

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Patient Review By Maryann (Mimi) L

Ditto of what I wrote in the "Additional Comments" above.

- Maryann (Mimi) L

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Patient Review By Kerry S

My procedure went off without a hitch .... and am thrilled with the end result. Dr.Krueger & his staff were incredibly caring! I recommend them HIGHLY!

- Kerry S

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Patient Review By Kerry S

My procedure went off without a hitch .... and am thrilled with the end result. Dr.Krueger & his staff were incredibly caring! I recommend them HIGHLY!

- Kerry S

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Patient Review By Delona F.

The whole procedure was much easier than I had imagined. I was pleased with all staff and Dr. Krueger...Getting flowers delivered to my home the day of my implant was certainly a nice surprise and totally unexpected. Thankyou!!

- Delona F.

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