Implant Dentistry is the dental specialty that focuses on restorative procedures that replaces missing teeth with ones that look, feel, and perform like their own. Implant Dentistry involves the surgical placement of one or more artificial tooth roots known as dental implants.
Implant procedures can be performed in the dental office with local anesthesia.
The actual implant procedure involves several steps:
Note that there are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require step 3 above. These systems use an implant which already has the abutment attached. The implant procedure may be a cooperative effort between a surgical dentist who does the actual implant placement and a restorative dentist who creates and inserts the final replacement teeth. Some dentists have advanced training and can perform all of these services.