The dental implant procedure involves 2 main stages separated by a minimum of 3 and up to 9 months of healing time:
Dental implant surgery - This is the step where the dentist inserts a metal screw into the jaw bone. This screw (the implant) is inside the jaw-bone and is not visible. There is an abutment that is screwed onto it and it is the abutment that is visible. In the event that the work is being done in a visible area (like the smile line), the dentist will place a temporary covering on the abutment for esthetic purposes. The next step is the implant restoration.
Implant restoration - It takes time for the implant to take hold. This could range from 3-9 months, depending on the individual's rate of healing. Once the implant is firmly set inside the jaw bone, then the permanent crown is attached to the abutment. The crown is built of material that will match the surrounding teeth. Read more about Implant Restoration..