If you have lost a tooth, whether it be recently or some time ago or you have been told that you need a tooth out you may be considering an implant.
An implant it an artificial root (usually made from Titanium) is inserted into your jaw bone to be able to support a crown. The procedure is quick and not that dissimilar to having a tooth out and you are completely numb.
It is advisable to wait at least 12 weeks after having the tooth out before having the recommended imaging and records appointment. Here, both a 2D and 3D image will be taken of the site where an implant is going to be placed along with a scan of your teeth and some photos. These will be used to plan your implant placement.
On the day you can eat and drink as normal and take all of your medications, unless you have been told otherwise by your Dentist. You will be numbed and then the implant will be placed. You will have some stitches in place afterwards and it is recommended to take pain relief.
Approximately 12 weeks later you will return for the second stage, placing a tooth on the implant. This is done over 2 appointments.