For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two stages or phases:
I. SURGICAL PHASE: is the dental implant placement, a process generally performed in the office with local anesthesia, and if necessary mild (light) sedation to help make the patient more comfortable.
Using precise surgical techniques, the dental implants are placed into the jawbone. The bonding process lasts 2 to 5 months, depending on each individual situation. This helps ensure a strong, solid foundation for replacement teeth.
In some cases, we may put a healing cap to shape the tissues around the gum and two surgical phases are performed. Healing caps placement is a relatively simple and quick procedure.
II. RESTORATIVE PHASE: from 2 to 5 months after surgical phase. Involves attaching the new crowns or porcelain bridges or dentures to the anchored dental implants in your jaw.
Temporary crowns or prosthesis
While the dental implant bonds with the jaw, temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.