An Overview Of The Dental Implant Process

Posted on: 24 May 2021

If you are in danger of losing one or more teeth, you may be wondering what your replacement options are. Dental implants are a preferred tooth-replacement method for many people. 


An assessment is necessary to determine whether the natural teeth are repairable or if pulling them is a better option. At this time, the health of your gums and jaw bone will also be assessed. In order for an implant procedure to be successful, you must have healthy bones and gums. Fortunately, there are things you can do if this isn't the case.

Tooth Removal

If the dentist determines that removal is the best course of action, the next step in the process will be the removal of the tooth or teeth affected. This may be done at the same appointment as the assessment, depending on the severity of the issue and how many teeth need to be removed. For multiple teeth or complicated removals, a second appointment may be scheduled.

Bone Grafting

Bone loss is a common issue that accompanies adult tooth loss, Bacteria from decaying teeth and gum disease irritates the bone, then the body's immune system begins to attack bone as well as bacteria. Removing the teeth can stop the process, but there may not be sufficient jaw bone remaining to support an implant. If this is the case, then your dentist will perform a bone graft to attach new bone to your jaw. There will then follow several weeks or even months of healing before the next step in the process.

Implant Placement

The implant post is put in once your recovery from any necessary bone grafts. This is a surgical procedure, as the implants are placed into the bone. After placement, you must wait several weeks as you heal. During this time the bone will seal in the posts, integrating them into your jaw. The gums will also heal from any trauma suffered during the procedure.

Crown Installation

Once you have the all-clear that you healed well from the implant procedure, crowns will be made. These crowns are shaped to match your natural teeth in both form and color. They are screwed onto the implant posts permanently. Once in place, you care for your implants exactly as you did your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and getting regular cleanings. 

Contact a dentist if you want to find out if dental implants are the right option for you.