There are various steps to the technique. First, the implant is inserted into the jaw bone and allowed to recover for 3-6 months. Then, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue throughout the period, creating a solid foundation for the artificial tooth.
Once the jaw has healed, an impression or scan of the mouth is collected and then the specialist determines the exact size and shape of the replacement tooth. Next, the specialist will send that impression or scan to the dental lab to make a custom replacement tooth (crown or bridge) that will blend in with the surrounding teeth.
When the replacement tooth is ready, it will be tested in place, and may make minor changes to ensure that you can bite easily. Then, when you and our dentist are satisfied, the replacement tooth is fixed in place.