When one is missing a tooth or several teeth, a tooth implant is a valid choice of treatment. Choosing dental implant as treatment option to replace missing teeth requires a surgical intervention.
First, careful evaluation will be done to establish proper bone hight and thickness, as well as proximity to any major anatomical structures such as nerves or sinus position. It is possible during this evaluation that axillary surgical procedures would be recommended, such as bone graft and sinus lifts to increase width and/or hight of bone site receiving the implant.
After preparing the site and establishing the position of the future implant, the cylindrical implant is surgically place in the hard tissue, which would take 2-6 months to integrate with the surrounding bone. This process is called osseointegration. Once the implant is accepted by your body and the gingival foundation on which the new tooth would be placed has healed, a final step is to attach the crown into the anchored implant.
It is important to know that every case is different and some procedures might vary, however, the final result is the same: a beautiful and a healthy smile.