performed by Dr. Jack Tran, Dr. Agosto Oei and Dr. Rennie
Cheung (in-house oral surgeon)
In the first procedure under anesthesia, a metal anchor (implant),
or artificial root, is placed into the jawbone. Bone grows around
the anchor. This takes about three to six months.
Next, a "healing" cap is placed when the implant is uncovered.
Then, the healing cap is removed and a metal post (abutment), may
be attached to the anchor.
As the tissue heals, it will conform to the contours of this healing
abutment substituted for the original healing cap. Following an appropriate
period of healing to obtain the desired prosthetic tissue bed, an
abutment is selected to begin the restorative phase of care.
An impression or mold is made of the abutment, and the surrounding
teeth. Depending on the technique-sensitive implant system, you might:
- Expose the cover screw (the healing cap placed with the implant)
- Assess quality of healing in preparation for restorative care
- Replace the healing cap with an abutment to allow the implant
to emerge through the gingiva
When your gums and jawbone have healed, an artificial tooth (crown)
is constructed, then screwed or cemented to the post. Fitting your
new tooth properly may take several appointments.