Getting a dental implant requires a few trips to the office. After your initial consultation, the next step is oral surgery to place the titanium rod.
The team gives you an anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Dr. Hwang makes a small incision in your gum. She drills a hole in your jawbone and inserts the rod, and then closes the incision.
In the next few months, your jawbone heals. It grows around the rod, creating an extremely secure artificial root. Once it heals, you come back to the office for the abutment and crown fitting.
Dr. Hwang attaches the abutment and crown to the rod. She checks your bite to ensure that it feels comfortable. Once you have your dental implant, it doesn’t require special care. Brush and floss your teeth every day and continue getting regular dental cleanings.