Dental implant surgery helps people get an artificial tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Implants are basically artificial tooth roots. They need to be inserted into the jawbone. Implant surgery is more complicated than a root canal. Learn more about this procedure from Gebrider Metz Medical Animation.

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There are basically four steps to getting dental implants. The first step is a consultation with your dentist. Most general dentists are trained in dental implant surgery, but you may need to go to an oral surgeon or a periodontist. You need to be in good health without any serious medical issues in order to be a good candidate for dental implant surgery.

The second step is to get diagnostic tests like X-rays or a CT scan to make a 3-D model of your mouth. This helps ensure that the implant will fit comfortably.

The third step is the actual surgery, which entails a hole being drilled into your jaw to fit the implant. A temporary abutment and crown are put in place.

The fourth step is to get the permanent abutment and crown. This happens after a few months, to make sure the implant has been integrated into the jawbone. You also need time to heal.