Before your procedure, we will ensure that you’re comfortable and pain-free, with both numbing and sedation. Your surgeon will extract the tooth in question if needed, but if your tooth is already missing, this step can be skipped. Your gum will be cut, exposing the bone underneath. Your surgeon will then drill a hole into the bone for the implant to be placed. This implant will become the “root” of the tooth, and will eventually fuse with the gum tissues.
If no bone graft is needed, recovery for a single dental implant is three months. During this time, it will fuse with the surface of the dental implant and permanently fix the implant to the bone. This process is known as “osseointegration”.
You will return and we will uncover the implant or remove the temporary tooth that was loaded on the day of your treatment. We take a full digital impression, send it to our in-house dental lab so that our technicians can fabricate the custom titanium abutment and the full-contour zirconia crown. We take pictures (including the shade of the adjacent teeth) so that we can match the color of the implant tooth as close to the adjacent teeth as possible.
Once we receive the abutment and crown back from our lab, we’re ready to fully fixate them together onto the dental implant. At this stage, the treatment is complete.