Conventional Dental Implants


Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional/ Conventional  Dental Implants

These terms refer to the original methods & characteristics of implant placement surgery. 

In these situations,

  • the natural tooth was lost over 9 months previously
  • incisions are made in the gum tissue, and a full gum flap is raised to expose the bone 
  • the implant is placed into the bone, usually "by eye" (without a surgical guide)
  • the implant is covered over and allowed to heal for at least 9 months
  • then the implant is exposed (2nd surgery) & tested for stability
  • after the gums have healed, the restoration of the implant begins

Differences between Traditional and Non-Traditional Implants

Non-traditional Implant placement may include one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Immediate Implant Placement - Implant placed at the same time as tooth is extracted
  • Computer-Guided "Closed" surgery - No gum flap is raised to expose surrounding bone
  • CBCT based Surgical Guide - used for implant placement instead of "by Eye"
  • One stage surgery - restoration or healing abutment placed same day. Gums are not allowed to heal over implant. no second stage surgery required.
  • "Immediate Loading" - a (temporary) restoration is placed on the implant on the same day as implant placement.