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Dental Implants: Are They for Me?

By Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney, D.M.D., M.S.

Surgery

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Once you and your dentist have decided that implant therapy is right for you, the examination has been done, and your dentist has chosen the appropriate implant system, surgery will be scheduled. The surgical treatment is usually performed in one or two stages depending on the implant system chosen by your dentist.

The surgery may be performed in an office setting with local anesthesia and perhaps mild sedation. Or, it can be performed in a hospital setting with general anesthesia. A sterile environment and gentle and cautious surgical procedure are essential to success. If the surgery is performed in a hospital, a one-night stay in the hospital after the procedures may be required.

Illustration of dental implant surgical procedures


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