If you are receiving a dental implant in order to replace a missing tooth, then you will need to do undergo at least one surgery. In some cases, additional surgeries may be required.
Dental implants require that a patient has enough strength and density in their jawbone in order to be able to support the implants. If you do not have enough support in your jawbone, then a bone graft surgery will first be necessary. It can take up to nine months to fully heal from this surgery.
Assuming a patient has enough support in their jawbone, the first surgery is the one in which our Los Angeles tooth implants expert will place the implant into your jawbone. At the start of this surgery, the doctor will make an incision into your gums at the point where the missing tooth was located. Once the bone is exposed, the doctor will drill a hole into it. The metal post portion of the implant will then be placed into this hole and covered back up. It can take several months to heal from this procedure.
If the abutment was already in place, then no additional surgery is needed. If the abutment needs to be attached, then there will be one more surgery required. Our expert in dental implant surgery in Los Angeles will cut the gum open again to reveal the implant. The abutment will then be attached, and the gum will be closed around the implant. The final step, regardless of the amount of surgeries, is for the implant to be topped off with a crown.