When getting a dental implant, there are several steps involved. One simply does not walk into an office and get dental implants. It takes a little more planning than that. The first thing that that must be done in order to get a dental implant is to develop an individualized plan for treatment. This individualized plan will vary from patient to patient. The goal of the plan is to take care of the needs specific to each patient. There is a team of professionals who have experience with oral surgery and they will coordinate a plan of care based on the implant option that is best for you, the patient. Next is the procedure. A tooth root implant is made into the bone socket where the tooth is missing. This is a small post made from titanium. It takes up to twelve weeks for the jawbone to heal and grow around the metal post, which anchors it into the jaw. Once the implant is bonded securely to the jawbone, an abutment, which is a connector post, is connected to the post to hold the new teeth in place. The dentist is able to make new implants look like all of your other teeth. They match the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth so you don’t have to worry about the implants looking unnatural. What are you waiting for? Dental implants are a great option for those who are missing a tooth or teeth and want to improve the appearance of their smile.