Dental Implant Procedure

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At JC Dental Como, we understand what a transformative experience it can be to get a whole new smile with dental implants. However, we also know that the dental implant procedure can be intimidating. Here’s our detailed overview of the dental implant procedure and everything else you might need to know before making a decision.

Why get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants help maintain jawbone structure, prevent shifting of surrounding teeth, and can significantly improve your confidence and quality of life.

Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?

You’re an ideal candidate for implants if you:

  • Have healthy gums
  • Have enough bone to support the implant (or are eligible for a bone graft)
  • Are in good general health to undergo oral surgery
  • Do not have conditions or habits that could interfere with healing (like uncontrolled diabetes or smoking)

Types of Dental Implants

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Endosteal Implants

These are the most common types of dental implants and are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. They are generally made of titanium and shaped like small screws, which serve as the artificial tooth root.

Subperiosteal Implants

These are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. This type is used for patients who don't have enough healthy jawbone to place the implants and cannot undergo a bone grafting procedure.

Single-Tooth Implants

Single-tooth implants are used to replace a single missing tooth. It looks and functions like a natural tooth, preserving adjacent teeth and maintaining jawbone health. Single-tooth implants are the ideal solution for replacing a missing tooth. Moreover, they are generally a faster process than multiple implants at the same time.

All-on-4 and All-on-6 Implants

All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants are advanced techniques for replacing an entire arch of teeth using only four or six implants. These implants are strategically placed in the jawbone to support a full denture.

These tooth replacement methods offer a stable and long-lasting solution for patients with significant tooth loss, providing a secure fit without the need for individual implants for each missing tooth. The main difference between these implant treatments lies in the number of implants used, which can affect stability and support based on individual patient needs. All-on-6 implants are typically recommended for patients with a stronger bite force.

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Benefits of choosing Dental Implants

  • Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Natural Appearance: Implants are designed to match your natural teeth.
  • Improved Comfort: Unlike dentures, implants are fixed and won't slip.
  • Better Oral Health: Implants don’t require altering any adjacent teeth, so you can preserve more of your natural teeth.
  • Enhanced Appearance and Self-Confidence: Dental implants look like natural teeth, enhancing your smile and boosting self-esteem.
  • Restored Chewing Function and Speech: Implants function like natural teeth, improving your ability to chew and speak clearly.
  • Prevention of Bone Loss and Facial Sagging: Implants stimulate the jawbone, which prevents jaw bone loss and maintains facial structure.

The Dental Implant Procedure: A Step-By-Step Guide

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1. Initial Consultation and Assessment

During your first visit, your dentist will evaluate your oral health. This includes taking X-rays and possibly 3D images to assess the condition of your jawbone and determine the best placement for the implants. Your dentist will develop a personalised treatment plan at this stage.

2. Implant Placement Surgery

In this step, your dentist surgically inserts the titanium implant into your jawbone. This becomes the tooth root for your replacement tooth. This surgical procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. After surgery, there’s a recovery period of 3 to 6 months.

3. Abutment Placement

Once the implant has fused with the jawbone (a process called osseointegration), an abutment is placed on top of the implant post. This is a connector that holds the crown in place.

4. Crown Fabrication and Placement

The final step involves placing a custom-made crown on the abutment. The dental crown is crafted to match your natural teeth in colour, size, and shape, for a seamless and natural look.

5. Recovery and Aftercare

The dental implant procedure requires local anaesthetic, but it's wise to get someone else to drive you home afterwards. You may feel a little groggy, and you may also experience some discomfort.

After the dental implant procedure, it's important to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene, avoiding hard foods initially, and attending follow-up appointments to monitor the implant’s integration and overall health.

How long does the Dental Implant Procedure take?

The entire dental implant process can take several months, from initial consultation to the final placement of the crown. The timeline varies based on individual healing rates and specific case requirements, such as bone grafting and tooth extraction. It also depends on how many implants you’re getting – a single implant will be a much faster procedure than multiple implants.

It can take 3 to 6 months for the implant to osseointegrate with the bone. Once the dental implant is placed, you have to wait for it to heal fully before moving on to the next step.

Dental Implant Procedure cost breakdown

Costs can vary based on factors like the number of implants, the need for extra procedures (like bone grafting), and even your geographic location. At JC Dental Como, we provide a detailed cost estimate after your initial assessment, to help you make an informed decision. We also offer payment plans, so transforming a smile is accessible to anyone.

Common Dental Implant concerns

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Pain and Discomfort

While some discomfort is normal after surgery, it’s usually easily manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. Swelling can be relieved by using an ice pack.

If your pain persists longer than 10 days after your dental implant surgery, your swelling doesn’t subside, or you develop a fever, go back to your doctor as soon as possible.

Implant Failure

This is rare, but it is possible. Dental implant failure is often due to insufficient bone or poor oral hygiene. Your dentist will not allow you to get an implant if your bone density is too low, and you can avoid problems related to oral hygiene by taking good care of your oral health.


Complications after dental implant procedures are not common. However, issues like infection at the implant site, injury or damage to structures around the implant (like other teeth or blood vessels), and sinus problems (especially with implants placed in the upper jaw) are a possibility.


Dental implants are an investment in your long-term oral health. Financing options and payment plans can help manage expenses, but they are a pricey option. The more implants you need, the more expensive the procedure.

Dental Implant Procedure FAQs

Is the Dental Implant Procedure painful?

The dental implantation process is not usually painful, as it’s done under local anaesthesia. You may experience some pain and swelling during recovery, but it generally subsides quickly and is easy to manage with OTC painkillers and ice packs.

What is the success rate of Dental Implants?

The success rate of the dental implant procedure is around 95%. This is typically affected by factors like your overall oral health, the bone density in your jaw, and your lifestyle habits. However, if you take care of your oral health, you can expect your implants to be successful and last for many years.

What if I don’t have enough bone in my jaw?

If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support dental implants, your dentist may suggest a procedure like bone grafts, sinus lifts, or ridge expansion to help rebuild the jawbone.

Does dental insurance cover implants?

Coverage of dental implants varies widely. Some dental insurance plans may cover the entire dental implant procedure, while others may cover a portion of the costs. It’s best to ask your own insurance provider before committing to dental implants.

What are the alternatives to Dental Implants?

Alternatives to dental implants include dental bridges or dentures, including removable partial dentures and resin-bonded bridges. However, dental implants are often seen as the most superior option thanks to their durability and natural feeling.

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