Dental implant is a replacement for the root of a missing tooth which acts as a foundation for a crown (or cap) to be placed on top.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, but under general anaesthesia for more complex cases. Depending on the case the underlying bone may or may not be exposed which is followed by a sequence of special drills preparing the bone.
Once the sequence is completed, the implant is inserted into the bone and if required the gums are stitched and closed to allow healing and integration of implant and bone. This integration period is usually between three to six months.
Once the implant is integrated with the surrounding bone, an impression and shade of the crown are taken and sent to the lab for the fabrication of the crown. For single tooth replacement, the crowns can either be cemented or screw retained.