The implant or implants are surgically placed into the jaw.
The jaw is allowed to heal for a period of up to six months. During this stage, the bone grows and bonds in and around the implant (this is also known as osseointegration). Dr. Chaves may create a temporary tooth replacement for the patient to wear over the implant site during the healing period.
The implant is uncovered, and a small metal post called an abutment is attached. The gum is again allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
The restoration or crown is fabricated and permanently attached to the abutment.