The Surgical Process
The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and longer for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. Dr. Goggin will bring precision and attention to the details of your case. Learn more about Dr. Goggin’s experience and education.
Prior to surgery, you may receive oral or intravenous sedation for greater comfort. These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, Dr. Goggin makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.
If an extraction is necessary prior to your implant placement, this usually takes 3-4 months to heal prior to implant placement. Once the dental implant is placed in the jawbone, three to six months will elapse before your next surgery. This is to ensure your implant has time to integrate and fuse with the bone. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implant and a healing cap is placed on the head of each exposed implant. Less healing time is needed after the second surgery, so your next appointment will be within two weeks.