Restoring your lower jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They're left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.
For the surgical placement of the implant, you'll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed.
An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone.
The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line.
Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to create your new teeth. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist makes precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth.
The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support they receive through regular checkups and cleanings.