It is essentially an artificial root made of a titanium alloy that contributes to filling the empty space left by a missing tooth or teeth and provides support for a final restoration. After anesthetic is used, the implant is placed into the upper or lower jawbone where teeth are missing, onto which the crown, bridge, or denture is later anchored.
What is the time frame for this procedure?
In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same appointment as the tooth removal. In other cases, grafting may be needed or additional time required if an infection must be resolved first before the placement of the implant. Usually about three months are required from when the implant is placed until crown procedure is started.
From start to finish, the average dental implant treatment procedure takes three to four visits over the span of about four months.