Step one: An incision is made by the periodontist to expose the bone over the implant site. Special instruments are used to prepare the implant sites in the bone.
Step two: The implant is inserted into the bone and the gum tissue is replaced and sutured. The implant will integrate with the jaw bone over a 3-6 month period. Integration is the fusion of living bone to an implant surface on a microscopic level, which provides for a secure and rigid foundation for tooth replacement.
Step three: After the healing period, the top of each implant is exposed and successful integration is confirmed. Connectors, called abutments, are placed which will secure the replacement teeth to implants.
Step four: The replacement teeth (crowns) are attached to the abutments by your restoring dentist.