During the dental implant procedure (intra-operatively):
- You will be given local anesthetic and possibly some sedation, depending on what you and the doctor decide is best for you.
- After you are numb, the doctor will slightly expose your jawbone and drill one or more precisely measured holes. Very gentle, low-speed drilling and extensive irrigation with sterile water will be used to minimize trauma.
- The surgeon will place the implants in your jawbone, and suture the gum tissues closed to cover the implants. The implants should integrate with the bone within 3-6 months, depending on the site. (One-stage implants may only need 6-12 weeks to osseointegrate.)
- Surgical adjuncts may be used such as bone grafts or membranes to further assure stability.
After the surgery (post-operatively):
- An ice pack will be given to you to hold to the outside of your face, reducing swelling.
- You will be given gauze to bite on, to minimize gum swelling and bleeding.
- You will be given instructions to go over carefully on how to care for yourself.
- It is MOST important not to have any pressure on the implant surgical site.