An implant is meant to serve as a replacement for a tooth that has been extracted or has otherwise fallen out. They consist of an artificial tooth attached to a metal post that is fixed to your jawbone.
The first step in the procedure is an individual consultation and evaluation with your dentist to make sure that you are a good candidate. This evaluation will include x-rays, 3D scans and an examination of the health of your remaining teeth.
Your dentist will then take your x-rays and scans to plan the location, angle and depth of the implants and create a surgical guide. This guide provides a precise direction and takes all of the guesswork out of the surgery process. Your dentist will know exactly where to drill, which takes away the chances of mistakes and speeds up the surgery time.
After the surgery, a temporary implant will be placed on the post while your jawbone and gums fully heal. This can take anywhere between three to six months. Once it has been confirmed that the implant has integrated completely into your bone, a permanent tooth will be placed onto the post.