Receiving dental implants will require multiple visits over several months. First X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine how the implant will fit. After numbing, the implant is surgically attached to the bone and left to heal anywhere up to 6 months. A second surgery may be required depending on your implant to attach the post for the artificial tooth. Often, the anchor and post are placed at the same time.
After healing, the artificial teeth made from your impressions will be fitted and placed on the surgical anchor. Multiple fittings may be required, taking anywhere from one to two months. After another healing process, the artificial teeth are securely attached.
Your dental implant will be comfortable and secure. Once your treatment is complete, you will receive proper care instructions. Just like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene and habits will prolong the life of healthy implants.