Several phases

The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

The implant process begins with the placement of the implant (tooth root) into bone which will need to heal for four to six months. After the first appointment you look the same as you did prior, you will not see any part of the implant. After the implant has had adequate time to heal, (bone to bond sufficiently to implant), Dr Murphy will expose the implant and attach a healing cap, (“post”) to implant and take an impression to fabricate your tooth (crown), bridge or denture. The last phase is simply to insert your crown, bridge or denture.

Generally there are only three phases to the implant procedure, but some candidates require additional surgery for an optimal outcome. If there is an inadequate bone supply at the site, a bone graft may be required prior to placing the implant. For an upper implant, the sinus may be a concern. As we age our sinus area increases and may be need to be moved, (lifted) out of the way to place the implant. (A sinus lift can often be performed during the same time as your implant surgery.) If additional surgery is required, Dr. Murphy will review the need and procedure with you at your consult appointment.

Dental implants can provide replacement of missing teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth, often for life. Obtaining a positive outcome is paramount for both you and Dr. Murphy. Dr. Murphy has tenaciously pushed through continuing education and has twenty years of implant placement and restoration experience to ensure his patient’s needs and long-term dental health are accomplished.


Initial pre-op of missing front tooth

After Surgical Implant Placement completed

9 months post op: Implant with Crown