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.

In regards the Coronavirus (Covid-19):
At Asheville Periodontics, the health of our community is our top priority.  For the greater good of the community and the safety of our patients and staff, we will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 19.  Stay tuned here, and on our website for more updates as the situation progresses.
To lessen the load on hospital emergency rooms, we will be available should you have a serious dental emergency.  You can reach Dr. Goggin via phone or text at 828-423-0146 or Rachel our office manager 828-571-0116.  We do request that if you have cold, flu, COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in an active COVID-19 area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has, please let us know before being seen.
For those of you with appointments in the coming weeks, we will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment.  Thank you for your understanding.