To determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a dental implant, the dentist or dental specialist will:
The dentist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw, and teeth.
A dental implant will be embedded into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The gum is stitched back into place.
Over the next several months, the surgical area will heal and the implant will bond to the bone and tissue.
After the tissue is healed, an abutment will be attached to the implant. An abutment is a post that will connect the replacement tooth to the implant. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes the abutment and implant surgery can be completed at the same time.
An artificial, replacement tooth is manufactured and the dentist will attach the new tooth to the abutment. It may take several appointments to properly fit the replacement tooth.
If several teeth are being replace, or possibly all teeth, a bridge is anchored to the implants. This bridge will span the area that has no teeth and is held firmly in place by the dental implants.