Dental Implants are normally a two-step process for my patients. The first step is the surgical phase, which is the placement of the implant. The second step is the restorative step, which is the placement of the crown, bridge or denture on the implant. If there is an adequate amount of bone in the jaw then the surgical phase is fairly easy and straightforward.
I use a computerized drill to slowly and delicately make an osteotomy, or hole, in the bone that the implant is placed in. It is a comfortable process for my patients before, during and after the procedure is completed. My patients are absolutely surprised by how fast and easy the procedure was. Even after the Novocain wears off, they feel minimal to no discomfort. About 6 weeks later, I take an impression of the implant and send it to the dental lab. About two weeks later, the crown or bridge is cemented on the implant. No Novocain is needed for the second and third appointments. Dental implants are the least stressful procedure in my office for both me and my patients. Again, my patients are amazed at the ease of the entire dental implant process.
The surgical phase of implant therapy becomes more complicated if there is not enough bone to place the implant. In this case, a bone grafting procedure will need to be completed first to build new bone for the implant. The bone grafting surgery can be relatively simple to very complex. Most procedures are simple to moderate in complexity. Most of my patients have minimal short term discomfort after the bone grafting procedures are performed.
The pictures below are from www.animated-teeth.com.
Phase 1 (surgical phase): Different drills are used to make the hole or osteotomy in the bone. Finally the implant is placed and a healing collar is placed on the implants.
Phase 2 (restorative phase): After 6 weeks of healing, the healing collar is removed and a post then a crown (or bridge or denture) is placed on the tooth.
The following video is from Z-System Dental Implants which is the non-titanium implant system that I use: