IMPLANT PROCEDURE STEPS

1. Initial consultation

At the initial consultation the doctor will assess your general and oral health condition. X-rays and a professional teeth cleaning are often performed at this time. It is important to discuss with you dentist what you would like your teeth to look like, if you only want to restore function or if you would like to balance aesthetics and function. Request a written treatment plan and cost estimate for at least two options to achieve your goal.
Sometimes the restorative dentist will insert the implant and restore them after the bone grows tightly around the implant (Osseointegration). If the doctor refers you to an oral surgeon or periodontist for  placement of the implant, the surgeon or periodontist will bill you separately for his service. Ask for an estimate of what the implant surgery will cost.

2. Impressions of your teeth to make a study model

To work up a treatment plan and cost estimate, it may be necessary to take some impressions of your teeth for the dentist to consult with the surgeon and a laboratory technician. The impressions can be part of your initial consultation.

3. Presentation of the treatment plan and study model

The purpose of this appointment is for the dentist to show you on the study models what the final result would look like and present you with your options and their associated cost estimate.

4. Placement of the implant

The placement of the actual implant is done under local or general anesthesia. This procedure can take from one to several hours depending on the complexity of your case. There should be little discomfort afterward and you will be advised on how to take care of the affected area and what to avoid.

5. Impression of the implant

After the implants are nicely healed in place, the restorative dentist has to take an impression for the laboratory. The laboratory will then create in a meticulous and painstaking process the final restoration.

6. Try in of the restoration

Half way through the manufacturing process it might become necessary to try in the "raw" restoration in your mouth to ensure that everything fits well. This process may need to be repeated at another stage, depending on the complexity of your case.

7. Delivery of the final restoration

At the delivery of the finished replacement teeth there will be minor adjustments and you will be given instructions on how to care for and clean your new teeth. Annual check ups are recommended to make sure everything is functioning well.