One of the ways that you can have all of your teeth back even when you’ve already lost one is with a dental implant. . A dental exam is performed first, along with molds, to determine the treatment plan and the best way to place the implant.
Most of the time, a dental implant is considered an outpatient procedure. It usually doesn't involve any kind of anesthesia except for nitrous oxide or a sedative. The tooth that is damaged is removed before the jaw is prepared to receive a metal post, which serves as the actual implant. It will take several weeks to a few months for the jaw to heal before the tooth is placed on top of the post.
Once the jaw is healed, the abutment, or the part that sits on top of the post, is placed in the mouth. After this is healed, more molds are taken so that a final tooth is put in place. The tooth will look and function like a normal and natural one, allowing you to eat as you would and care for the oral hygiene as you normally would.
The implantation does not necessarily take up a whole lot of time, but the procedure tends to take long in full in consideration of the jaw bone’s healing process. You might notice a bit of swelling after the implant is placed until the jaw completely heals, but your dentist can help ease this with post-treatment medication.