A dental implant is a synthetic post that is placed in the area where a natural tooth's root would normally be. Implants are typically made from medical-grade titanium, which is the same material used for orthopedic surgeries like hip replacements. 4-6 months after the implant is placed in the bone, with proper healing, the implant integrates to the bone and allows for a permanent crown to be attached on top of it.
When treatment planning for an implant, the first visit is normally an evaluation visit where Dr. Katie Tigani will look to see if you are a viable candidate. After the exam, which will likely include a CBCT scan, if you are found to be a good candidate, the next visit will be the implant placement. The implant procedure normally doesn't take any longer than an hour and you can even return to work afterwards if necessary!
Local anesthetic and pain medication afterwards will be provided, but most patients feel little to no pain during the procedure and afterwards. In fact, in Dr. Tigani's experience, if you are experiencing any pain after the first 72 hours, she insists you come back for evaluation as that is extremely uncommon.
Dr. Tigani has been placed a vast number of implants and has gone through the most vigorous training offered in the area. If you have any questions specifically regarding dental implants, call the office today to schedule an appointment.