Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant procedure is the term used to describe the entire process you go through from the time you walk into the dentist's clinic for the first time, dental implant procedure when getting your dental implants, till the last time you walk out of there with your new beautiful smile.

If you got to this page and still don't know what a dental implant is then click here to go to the dental implant definition, otherwise keep on reading.

The dental implant procedure involves 2 main stages separated by a minimum of 3 and up to 9 months of healing time:

  • Dental implant surgery - This is the step where the dentist inserts a metal screw into the jaw bone. This screw (the implant) is inside the jaw-bone and is not visible. There is an abutment that is screwed onto it and it is the abutment that is visible. In the event that the work is being done in a visible area (like the smile line), the dentist will place a temporary covering on the abutment for esthetic purposes. The next step is the implant restoration. Read more about dental implant surgery..

  • Implant restoration - It takes time for the implant to take hold. This could range from 3-9 months, depending on the individual's rate of healing. Once the implant is firmly set inside the jaw bone, then the permanent crown is attached to the abutment. The crown is built of material that will match the surrounding teeth. Read more about Implant restoration..

Both procedures are very common, and not too complicated. In some cases, depending on the patient's jaw bone anatomy, a sinus lift or a dental bone graft might be needed as well.

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"My dentist...drilled into my sinus cavity and broke the bone, put in bone grafts...What should I do?.."

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The duration of the whole dental implant procedure varies from patient to patient and depends, among other things, on the patient's physical condition and anatomy. It can take three to nine months and sometimes even longer! Yet most of that time is spent on the healing of the tissue and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.

A sinus lift is necessary only in the event that the sinus membrane is too low and might be in danger of damage by the implant. A dental bone graft is only necessary when additional bone is needed to support the implant in the jaw.

The three to nine months that the entire completed procedure takes depends on the patient's healing ability. This is affected primarily by age, health and structure of the jaw. The faster the healing, the less time between the two steps.

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"Smoking after dental implant surgery...I have read that you should not smoke cigarettes for the first two weeks, but does weed apply?.."

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In some cases, when possible, the dentist may be able to restore the dental implants immediately after the placement surgery. This dental implants procedure is known as immediate loading and its duration is very short - the patient can walk home the same day of the surgery with his newly restored teeth.

Success rates today are very high and in only very rare cases do you see complications or - problems. Click this link to check out the success rates and reasons for dental implant failure.

If you are considering denture implants - you face the same 2 stage process of surgery and then the mounting of the dentures on the implants.

Dental implant procedure video:

The following dental implants procedure video shows a live dental implant surgery including a 4 implant placement (on the upper jaw back teeth), a Sinus lift and a bone graft. Warning!!!!!!- the video is not easy to watch(Blood,cutting flesh,etc...). I strongly recommend not to watch this video if you plan to undergo dental implant surgery. As a patient you will not see or feel the surgery itself.
I have posted an easier (animated) video to watch on my dental implant surgery page.

Additional interesting links:

Dental implant problems , Cosmetic Dental Surgery , Oral Surgery , Surgery Dental Implants

Below you can see some questions that have been asked by patients and the responses that were given by our dental crew. If you have any questions after reading, feel free to ask them and we will try to respond as soon as possible. Although Our dental staff answers readers' questions on a daily basis, it may still take a few days until you get the answer to your question - that's why we strongly recommend to start by searching our "thousands of questions and answers" using the search bar below. That way you can find a question and answer for a problem like yours and get an immediate answer.

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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Can my dentist replace the cemented crown with a screwed in crown? 
I have an implant crown on the left side of my mouth which is screwed in. On the right side, I have a dental implant crown which is cemented in. The …

Cement type for dental implant restoration 
I had one implant and after 2 years, the crown got out while I was eating. I went back to the dentist and he said that it is normal because he used temporary …

Dental implant surgery two years ago 
I have had dental implant surgery two years ago in my upper right canine tooth. Everything went as planned and it looks great. As of last night, I have …

What does this retainer look like 
I have been told I need to have 2-3 implants or what is described as a 2-3 unit bridge on 20, 21 & 22. I have been advised that I would have to wear some …

Should the impression cap click when it pushed all the way in to the gum? 
I was in the dental office and my doctor put the screws in my 9 implants and then he put impression caps and made the impression for the crowns. My …

Nervous about stage two of dental implant  
I am nervous about stage two of dental implant: Hello, I recently had a single tooth implant which I was told it would not really hurt. However ... …

Do we need to remove bone grafting screws before installation of implants 
Do we need to remove bone grafting screws before installation of implants: I had a bone graft several months before getting my dental implants. My dentist …

Will smoking before the healing process is finished guarantee implant failure?  
I had surgery two days ago for two dental implants in my upper jaw, in the front. The same day I also had temporary crowns put on. No bone graft or sinus …

Implant in as soon as possible 
I have had braces for 2 years now and the doctor removed my second molar. I am about to get my braces off in two weeks but I don't want to have a gap in …

Dental Implant Procedure Questions 
I just had 8 implants placed maxilla. 2 weeks post surgery I have a small bump about the size of a bb and loose gum tissue around it. I was told a couple …

Recommended time between stage one and stage two 
What is the recommended between stage one stage two of the implants procedure?

Timing the process of dental implant 
How long after having a tooth removed is it ideal to start the process of dental implant?

What is commonly used before the temporary tooth is installed? 
my front tool has a crown and the root has broken. the dentist will remove the root and put in an implant and perhaps some bone grafting. after the …

Lifting the sinus wall 
Lifting the sinus wall: I had an upper molar implant 6 or 7 years ago and it fell out a year and a half ago. I had a bone graft and after six months …

Drilled into my sinus cavity  
I had four upper implants done. On my first appointment my dentist over dosed me with nitrous gas to the point that he thought that I was dead. He continued …

Fear of hitting the nerve!!! 
Fear of hitting the nerve!!! I have been in great distress for two weeks now over the fear of that nerve in my jaw being hit. I lost my crown over a …

oblique implant 
I noticed on the X-ray that the implant is oblique. It is so bad that it is almost touching the adjacent root. If the previous tooth had an oblique …

Implant for lower first molar 
I wan to get an implant for lower first molar from india because its very cheap here.But I have to move back to Canada after a month and my bone density …

Dental Implants gone wrong 
I had dental implants put on the bottom of my mouth. They pulled all my teeth and put in 4 implants and a bar. It has been over a year and I still do not …

Postponing an implant procedure - Option or necessity 
I had a molar pulled 2 years ago with bone graft. I cannot afford the implant. Is there any danger in postponing an implant procedure?

Protruding Canine 
I'm 19 and I have a protruding Canine on the top left of my mouth and I'm not for sure what the best way is to fix it; I would also like to add that the …

Can bone be added to the socket at time of extraction? 
Can bone be added to the socket at time of extraction to help develop the ares for implant prep?

Fitting a 2 unit crown on one implant 
I have been told some very contradictory advice regarding this. My two front teeth are missing and some dentists have told me one implant will be more …

Invisalign And Dental Implants 
I recently knocked out my two front teeth and the tooth right next to it. Before this tragic accident happened i was planning to get invisalign to straighten …

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started procedure and didn't finish.  
Nine years ago I had the post put in for dental implants and never finished yhe procedure. Is this dangerous. I feel as if i have a metal taste …

Get the implant, or else? 
My wife has just completed an implant procedure on #30, lower right molar. She is also missing the molar behind it, which I guess is #31. The periodontist …

Two front teeth are discolored 
My two front teeth are discolored i have two crowns only 1 year old? I had a car accident and my dentist placed two crowns in the front of my mouth …

Smoking After Dental Implant Surgery 
My question regarding - Smoking After Dental Implant Surgery. I had dental implant surgery done 10 days ago on two of my teeth. Right now they have just …

Grafting has to be done 
hi, its preethi here.I'm 20 years old..i met with an accident and lost 2 of my teeth adjacent to the front teeth.I had undergone dental implant surgery …

Molar removed, do you require an implant 
I just had my 7th molar removed (top right) and I was wondering whether it is advised to get a dental implant. It was removed because it was cracked severally. …

2 implants or 1 implant with a bridge? 
Do I need 2 implants or 1 implant with a bridge? My son knocked his two front teeth out when he was 11. He is now 22 and went in for a consultation …

Dental Implant Recovery 
Dental Implant recovery after surgery - I have had two dental implants put in to hold a lower denture. How long does it usually take for the healing …

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