What is the standard dental implant procedure? FirstBite Dental explains the dental implant process in 5 easy steps: Step 1 The part of jaw bone where teeth have been lost is covered by a layer of intact oral soft tissue (mucosa). Step 2 The soft tissue layer is incised and retracted to expose the underlying bone surface and the socket that receives the implant is prepared for drilling. Step 3 An implant is placed in the prepared socket and the overlying soft tissue is sutured back to its original position. The implant site is allowed to heal for 4 to 6 months during which the implants surface and the surrounding bone fuse together, a biological process called ‘osseointegration’. Implant surface and bone fusing as seen together under the microscope. Step 4 At the end of the healing period, the soft tissue covering the top of the implant is incised again to expose the top of the integrated implant. An extension, (abutment) is placed on the implant such that it stays above the soft tissue level. The soft tissue is allowed to heal for 2–4 weeks. Step 5 The dental prosthesis (in this case a crown) is constructed and connected to the underlying implant structures by means of screw retention or cementation. The patient can now chew with the implant. If you would like to find out more read our page about the different types of dental implants or start understanding how much it will cost in our page about the cost of dental implants. Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.