Dental implant surgery is used to place a dental implant into the bone where a tooth is missing to restore the health and functionality of your smile.
What to expect
Before the procedure, an exam, X-rays and a consultation with your dentist is needed to decide which tooth replacement and implant will be best for you.
A bone graft may also be needed before or during the placement to stimulate formation of new bone in the area if there is not enough bone volume to allow implant placement.
During the procedure
Dental implant surgery is often a three step process.
First, your dentist places the implant to connect with the jawbone. This step will take an average three to six months.
Next, your dentist attaches an extension to the implant called a post. The post will be used to attach the replacing teeth.
Finally, the dentist will create a crown to mirror the same size, shape and color of your other teeth and attach the crown to the implant.
After the procedure
After surgery, you may experience some soreness and swelling, depending on the extent of the procedure. Extra care while eating and brushing should be taken to allow the bone time to heal and attach to the implant after placement.