Overview of Dental Implant Placement

The Surgical Procedure

The procedure to place an implant takes 30-to-60 minutes for one dental implant and only 2-to-3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. Our oral surgeons 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 dental 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.

Call Cascadia Oral Surgery, Kirkland WA Phone Number 425-358-2726 for questions about Dental Implant Placement or to schedule a consultation.

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
An representation of a healed upper jaw bone after loosing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
An 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 After Dental Implant Placement

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?

Dental implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after 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 dental implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw.

How many dental 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 dental implants.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

My name is Mikhail and I had several implants put in by Dr. Patrick Wang. Just wanted to share my experience and say it went very well. I usually hate going to the dentist and it’s been a few years.. my previous dentist just kept pulling teeth without any replacements. When I met Dr. Wang he was able to give me an option of placing some implants so I can smile and most importantly eat again:) He is a professional and good at what he does. He did a good job explaining thjngs to me and made me feel comfortable! I highly recommend seeing him if you have any implants to do or any teeth to be pulled! Overall, very great doctor! Меня зовут Михаил. и Dr. Patrick Wang вставил мне несколько имплант. Я хотел бы поделиться и сказать что все прошло успешно. Я обычно не люблю ходить к дантистам, так как прежний дантист только вырывал зубы. Когда я встретил Dr. Wang, он посоветовал сделать импланты чтобы я смог снова улыбаться и самое главное есть:) Он профессионал и знает что он делает. Он мне хорошо объяснил процесс и я чувствовал себя удобно. Очень рекомендую обратиться к нему если вам нужно сделать импланты или вырвать зубы. Замечательный доктор!

- mikhail k

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Dr Patrick Wang and his Staff our great. Made my visit comforting and very painless considering the operation! I am very pleased with the results!

- Mark H

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I am quite impressed by the high standard work and professionalism carried out by Dr. Amini.

- Rad

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Dr Wang was very good about explaining the procedure and the post op care. He is very friendly.

- Julie N

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Dr. Amini payed attention to everything I said and gave me the most beatiful implants I could have asked for. Thank you!

- Rose M

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I had a great experince with Dr. Amini. He is very knowledgeable, professional friendly and honest.

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