Dental implants can be placed either after an extraction in a toothless site, or at the time of extraction. Prior to beginning the actual process, we will perform a full exam including X-rays and a 3D scan of your jaw. This exam tells us a great deal about your bone health. If needed, you may be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to improve your bone or gum tissue. The titanium implant (which replaces the root of the natural tooth) is placed into the bone. This is done while the patient is numb and should not be uncomfortable. The dental implant will integrate with your jaw bone over months and become stable. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant. After we are confident the implant has healed, an impression is taken or a scan is done and the crown is made. Once the permanent crown is made by our highly trained dental laboratory technicians, you will return to the office to have the crown placed. The fit and appearance of your dental implant crown will be checked, and your implant complete. Our patients at Topeka Dentistry find that having a dental implant placed is a low stress procedure.