Dr John Fisher, Maxillofacial & Oral Surgeon

Dental Implants

Surgery to insert osseointegrated (bone fused) dental implants and maxillofacial implants for attaching craniofacial prostheses

How are dental implants inserted?

Dental implant surgery may require a team of professionals, including a dentist, maxillofacial surgeon and a dental laboratory technician who will create the new teeth on implants. The dental implants are placed into the relevant sites in direct contact with bone. It takes up to six months for the implants to fuse with the bone before the final tooth restoration is attached.

What kinds of implants are available?

There are a number of procedures that can be performed when it comes to inserting dental implants. These include:

  • Immediate placement
    This allows your oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dentist to remove teeth and insert dental implants in just one visit.
  • Bone grafting
    Thanks to advancements in surgical technology, it is possible to place bone grafts in implant sites where there is very little bone. Bone grafting can be used where there has been a loss of bone as a result of injuries, trauma, surgery and disease. Bone grafting may be carried out before implant placement or be the same time as implant placement.
  • Sinus lift
    This procedure is performed when there is not enough bone to accommodate a dental implant in the upper jaw.

What can you expect from an implant?

Implants and other prosthetic teeth replacements are made to last for a long time. If they require any maintenance or replacement, your dentist is able to remove them without damaging the bone. It is important to stick to healthy oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing daily. This will ensure that bacteria are kept under control. Regular visits to your dentist are also essential, as this will ensure that any problems are diagnosed and treated early. Your dentist is also able to clean your implant with special instruments that will not damage it or the surrounding gum tissue.