Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implant Process

Will My Procedure Take Place?

Dental implant surgery is almost always performed in your dentist’s office or a hospital setting. Thornhill Periodontics is fully equipped and the staff is trained to place dental implants here in our offices.

If you are concerned about discomfort, anesthesia will be administered. There are several options for patient sedation, and we will help select the best one for you. Rest assured, your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are our number one concern. We will do everything in our power to achieve exceptional results for your dental implant placement procedure.

The Dental Implant Placement Procedure

The most widely practised method of placing dental implants occurs in three phases. Here is a breakdown of each one:

Phase 1

  • The fixture is surgically inserted underneath the gum and directly into the jawbone.
  • The growth of jawbone tissue into and around the fixture is a process called osseointegration. This is what happens in the weeks following placement of the root piece or fixture.
  • It is important to allow the implant fixture to heal properly and protect it from external force while it is healing.

Phase 2

At the end of the roughly 3 month healing period, the fixture will be surgically exposed by removing some of the gum tissue that has grown over it.
We will then check the fixture for signs of successful integration with the jawbone. If the area is healed sufficiently, the abutment is connected to the fixture.
Once it has been placed, expect another few months of healing.
Patients should ensure that they are doing everything their doctor tells them to do to protect the abutment from chewing pressure during this period. This helps ensure successful healing.

Phase 3

During the third and final stage, we check to see that the dental implant has healed sufficiently. If the healing process has been successful, the crown is place and your tooth is now fully restored.