You're ready for your second surgery when your jawbone has firmly healed around the implants, usually three to four months after placement. This procedure attaches the gingival healing abutments, and allows for adequate gum tissues for the prosthesis. In some cases, I may put temporary abutments into position, replacing them with permanent ones later.
- During Surgery
- After Surgery
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You'll be given an anesthetic to numb the area where we will be working. Temporary abutments may be used if swelling in your gums needs to go down before an appropriate, permanent abutment can be attached. The second surgery is usually shorter than the first, often lasting no more than a half hour.
Exposing the Implant
A small incision is made in the gum, exposing the top of the implant. The temporary cap is removed.
Attaching the Healing Abutment
The abutment is twisted onto the implant and osseointegration verified..
Creating Adequate Gum Support for the Implant Prosthesis In In most cases, a temporary (healing) abutment is placed at this time and soft tissue grafting is completed to ensure adequate, sound gum tissues around the implant.