The first step to the dental implant procedure is to talk with your dentist and find out if it’s a viable solution. At this initial appointment, you will discuss the procedure in full detail following a complete examination of your mouth and teeth. The shortest time frame for a single dental implant is five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw.
The typical dental implant procedure includes:
- First procedure: The dentist makes an incision in the gums where the implant will attach. Next, he/she drills a hole in the bone for the implant to rest before sewing up the incision. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant. This helps secure the replacement tooth. Typically, the healing process ranges from three to six months.
- Second procedure: Once the jaw is healed and the implant is firmly in place, the dentist makes a new incision. From there, the abutment is placed on top of the implant to help the surrounding gum tissue heal and secure your new replacement tooth.
- Also, the dentist take impressions of your teeth to create a tooth that matches your bite. Lastly, the replacement tooth (crown) is attached to the abutment.
In some cases, you may undergo a one-stage procedure where the dentist places the implant, abutment and crown in one sitting.
The good news is that dental implants don’t require any preparation to your neighboring healthy teeth. To reduce discomfort, you’ll receive local anesthesia during the procedure.