To place an implant, Dr. Robinson performs a minor surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into the area where a tooth is missing. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered with a “healing cap” until it fuses with the bone.
The healing cap is small and does not interfere with chewing. After the implant has integrated with the patient’s bone, Dr. Robinson will uncover the implant by simple removal of the healing cap and attaches an extension (an “abutment”) to the implant.
Finally, Dr. Robinson will make an artificial tooth, or crown, that is attached to the abutment.