The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
- X-rays and/or a CT scan are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for implants, as well location of important structures such as nerves.
- While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to 4 months.
- Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery “uncovery or second stage” may be required in order to place the “post/healing abutment”.
- Within a few weeks, the general dentist starts to make the dental implant custom abutment and dental implant crown