• First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jaw. The implant attaches to the bone through a process called osseointegration that takes three to six months. Immediately after the surgery, there may be some swelling and/or pain for a few days, so your dentist may give you pain medication.
    • Dr. Koury may also suggest a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup while the area heals.
  • Next, Dr. Koury may attach an extension, called a post or abutment to the implant. Once healed, the implant and post can serve as the base of the new artificial tooth, or crown.
  • Finally, Dr. Koury makes a crown, based on the size, shape, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent crown can be custom-made. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is attached to the implant or post.