Step 1: Visit Your Dentist for a Dental Implant Consultation During the initial visit, your dentist will evaluate, assess and discuss the course of treatment with you. Your dentist may take x-rays and dental impressions of your teeth, give you a thorough dental exam. Implant Placement Step 2: Dental Implant Placement This step involves the placement of the dental implants into the available jaw bone. This is most commonly done with just local anesthesia. It is complicated only in the sense that the surgery requires great precision. Every attempt is made to insure success. The room is set up similar to an operating room, the equipment thoroughly sterilized and the most modern techniques utilized. This stage can last approximately 3 – 6 months to allow the implant to set. Implant Cap Attachment Step 3: Dental Implant Cap Attachment The final stage of the dental implants procedure involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated ( fused ). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery or with a dental laser and is a relatively minor procedure. In both instances, minimal postoperative discomfort is noticed. You will be given the appropriated antibiotics and analgesics just as a precaution. Very definitive postoperative instruction will be given to you at the time of surgery and you will have access to dental emergency services if necessary. If you follow the guidelines, everything should proceed without a hitch.