Placement of dental implants is usually a simple process. Using the most recent advances in implant technology and surgical technique, Dr. Viehweg and staff are able to simplify the process as much as possible. Our end goal is to complete the treatment in the fewest number of appointments, ideally with just one procedure. In most situations, the implant can be placed at the same time the tooth is extracted. Since your comfort and pleasant experience is our focus, the procedure is performed with both Local and Intravenous Anesthesia.
Dr. Viehweg performs in-office implant surgery with a specifically prepared surgical environment and setup to ensure the highest level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for arranged for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting.
Placement of the implant requires creation of a small opening in the bone in which the implant will be placed. Once the implants have been placed there is a period of time allowed for the implant to “fuse” with your jawbone. This usually takes between 3 and 6 months. During this time of healing, temporary teeth can be fabricated and placed in your mouth to maintain your normal appearance. In most circumstances, particularly with front teeth, we are able to place the temporary teeth immediately so you do not have to go without teeth for any period of time. Many times, a tooth can be extracted, implant placed, and temporary tooth delivered in under an hour.