What is the process of having a dental implant?
At your initial consultation, the implantologist will first make a comprehensive examination and an assessment if you are a good candidate for an implant and it is the right option for you. You will also discuss all your medical conditions and medications, pros and cons of the procedure. On the same day, your X-rays and/or your dental impressions will be taken for better assessment.
Your dentist may also recommend you to have a CBCT scan to help them understand exactly how much bone you have and to decide exactly where and how they need to be placed.
In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary to increase the quantity of bone on the site where the implant will be inserted. On the upper jaw if there is no enough bone, a “sinus lift” may be needed to create enough space for the implant to sit.
The implant insertion requires a surgical procedure which is performed at the dental office by the implantologist under a local anesthetic. If you feel anxious about the procedure sedation could be used to help you relax.