The surgical procedure to place an implant is very easy. Most patients say it is easier than having a tooth extracted. The implant site is prepared by making a small gum incision followed with small drills of increasing diameters. The implant is screwed into the jawbone in an exact position to accommodate the future crown. The gum tissue is closed over the implant site to allow the bone to integrate and bond to the surrounding bone. For missing front teeth, the patient is able to wear a partial denture (flipper).
After 3-5 months, the implant site is opened to place a healing abutment. The gum tissue is sutured around the healing abutment to prepare for the future crown.