There are three steps to getting dental implants. A consultation, the implant insertion, and then the crowns being fitted.
First, there will be an in-depth consultation. The dental surgeon will take a range of images, from X-Rays to CT scans, as well as a physical check. This allows a full overview of your jaw and mouth health and allows them to plan where the implants will go. They will ask a lot of questions about your general health. This is to ascertain if you are a good candidate for the surgery. They will also decide if you need remedial work, such as other teeth removed, bone grafts, or a sinus lift.
The second step is implanting the titanium screw. The surgeon will cut open the gum and drill a hole at the implant site, into the bone. They then install the screw. They stitch the gum back together and insert the healing abutment on the implant. Then, you will need a few months to allow the bone and implant to fuse together.
The final step is installation of the ‘tooth’, or crown. It’s a quick process and gives you your final teeth.