How are dental implants placed?
Most of the time, in order to place a dental implant, the dentist will need to follow a three step process.
The first stage consists of surgically burying the implant (which replaces the tooth root) flush with the bone but underneath the gum. This protects the implant from force while it is healing. At the end of this healing period, the implant needs to be surgically exposed by removing some of the overlying gum.
After a healing period of 2-3 month, the dentist will expose the implant and attach a post, called abutment, to the implant. After a short healing period an impression will be taken. It will be used by a dental lab to fabricate the crown for the future artificial tooth.
In most cases, the whole process will require a three to four month period.
Implants can be used to support, not only a crown but also a bridge or denture.