Overview: Dental Implant Procedure
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a removable prosthesis during this time. In certain, select cases, dental implants can be placed in a single surgical procedure.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The dental implant will be uncovered and a tooth abutment will be connected to the implant. Dr. Marlin can then start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken. Then final implant abutments (posts) or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments by our In House Laboratory. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily lives.
In select cases, the dental implant can be inserted and loaded with its abutment and temporary crown in a single surgical procedure. There are very specific requirements for achieving the best prognosis in these cases. We will assess whether you are a candidate for this single stage implant and discuss it with you. Please call the Washington DC dental office of Dr Gerald Marlin to see if dental implants are right for you.