The dental implant treatment is a three-stage procedure. The first stage involves the initial examination, during which the dentist will establish if your bone jaw bone is healthy and can support the implant. If the bone has started to retract, a bone reconstruction surgery can be made to provide additional support for the implant. If the bone is in good condition, the dentist will proceed with inserting a titanium post in the bone socket left empty by the tooth loss. This procedure is done under local anesthesia. Once the post is inserted, the bone and gum tissue will build-up around it, fixing it further in the jaw. The healing period depends on the person, but a complete healing is usually achieved after 6 to 12 weeks.
The second stage involves placing an abutment, a small connection between the crown and the titanium root. Depending on the gap size, the abutment is chosen so to hold best a crown, bridge or a denture. At this stage, the dentist takes impressions of the neighboring and opposite teeth to create the crown or bridge. When the upper part of the implant is ready, you will be called for fitting. Adjustments are made on the spot, and when the crown is felt perfect, it is cemented into place.
A post-implant session may be needed to make sure the healing process is completed successfully.