Once the implant treatment plan is developed, Dr. Rasmussen will place the implants in the jawbone using expert surgical techniques. Dental implants can be performed under local anesthetic, oral sedation utilizing sleeping pills or an IV (conscious) sedation. Typically there is minimal, if any, discomfort in the days following the procedure. If the patient isn’t sedated for the procedure, then they’ll be able to resume their routine daily activities on the same day as the appointment. Postoperative symptoms are easily managed with over-the-counter or prescription-strength non-narcotic medications.
For the implants to bond properly to bone, they must remain undisturbed for a period of several weeks to several months. At this time, greater than 90% of the routine implant placements in our office are ready to begin the final restoration process with the patient’s restoring dentist in 6 to 8 weeks. During the healing period, the bone will remodel around the implants and attach directly to them. In most cases we will attach a small cap to the implant that is flush with the gum tissue. This cap stays in place while the bone is bonding the implant(s). Because this cap extends through the gum tissue, unlike years ago, there is usually no need for a second surgery to expose the implant.
If needed, Dr. Rasmussen or your dentist will create a temporary replacement tooth for you to wear during the bone remodeling period. In some cases, a provisional crown (temporary replacement crown) can be placed immediately on the implant. The important thing is that you will not have to go without your teeth.