A dental implant is not something that your periodontist can do in just one visit. In most cases, you have to drop by your dentist for two or more times in order to have everything in place. Of all these visits, however, it is the initial one that is the most important as it is during that visit that your dentist would lay down his or her plan on how to design your implant.
Basics of Dental Implant
A dental implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. During your first visit, your dentist would most likely take X-rays of your jawbone to determine what kind of implant would be used. Keep in mind that dental implants can be done in two ways – endosteal and subperiosteal. It is also during this visit that the diseased tooth, or teeth, would be removed. A cast of your upper and lower teeth would also be taken.
A few weeks after your first visit, you would be scheduled for the installation of the abutment. This is a metal post that would be installed into or on top of your jawbone. This would be the one to hold your tooth in place. Before the tooth would be installed, however, your dentist would give your bone and gums a few weeks to heal.
Once your jawbone and gums have healed, the tooth would be installed. During this time, the dentist might require you to bite down hard in order to let the adhesive between the abutment the tooth take hold of both. The dentist would also do some scraping of the dental implant in order to ensure a more natural bite.