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A 61-year-old male asked:

A dental implant healing cap is normally submerged under the gum. mine shows a very small visible cap above the gum.is this called a 1 stage implant?

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Sometimes implants uncover themselves regardless of how deep you place them, but you are correct in calling it a one stage surgery. You may still need some minor refinement of the implant site at the time of the impression, but that's the restorative dentist's decision,
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes, it is normal: The healing cap looks like a small metal cylinder that sits above your gums. If concerned, see your surgeon/dentist for post-op eval.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2015

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