What happens during dental implant surgery?
The procedure to place the initial implants typically lasts 30-60 minutes for a single implant and up to 3 hours for multiple implants. This time varies depending on the number of implants you need as well as your medical history. As we say, each mouth is unique and each surgery requires specialized care and attention.
Before your surgery, you may be given antibiotics, intravenous anesthetic or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Local anesthetic will be used to numb the implant site. Your medication and sedation options will be discussed prior to your surgery, and Dr. Elias will be sure to let you know exactly which option is best for you and your case. These options also vary based on the number of implants you are receiving and any allergies you have to medications.
After your anesthetic is activated, surgery will begin. Dr. Elias will make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the bone beneath and place the titanium implant. This is repeated based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the implant option you have chosen.