Learn what happens during and after dental implant procedure.

How Is a Dental Implant Placed?

A dental implant comprises the fixture, the abutment, and the dental prosthetic. The main highlight of a dental implant procedure is the insertion of titanium posts into the jaw bone. These posts fuse into the jaw bone in a process known as Osseointegration.

A dental implant procedure is an outpatient surgery where dental implants like replacement teeth replace your teeth roots with metal posts. We have all the information you need if you are interested in getting your dental implants.

The procedure of a Dental implant

The number of dental implants you will need will depend on the number of teeth that are missing. While one implant may not be enough for one missing tooth, you may need up to 4 implants for an increased number of missing teeth. In Bellevue, Dr. Uparika Sharma will have to assess your teeth to decide the number of implants you will need.

To have a dental implant placed, the process might take 30 minutes to a few hours. The time taken to place one dental implant varies because of the difference in the different patients’ conditions and dental needs.

A dental implant procedure is invasive, so the patient has to be numbed with intravenous sedation. Some antibiotics may also need to be administered. A local anesthetic has to be used at the site of the dental implant placement.

Finally, the dentist in Bellevue will make a little incision on the patient’s gums after the patient feels comfortable enough. This cut on your gums is used to expose your bone. At this point, the implant post will be inserted into the space in the gums. The dentist will have to stitch the gum tissues that have previously been incised.

After the Dental Imaplant procedure

After completing the dental implant procedure, the next step would be the patient’s healing. The time taken for each patient to heal from the procedure varies, depending on their health and their jawbone density. It’s very normal for patients to experience discomfort or slight pain. This can easily be treated with some medications that relieve pain, which the dentist will administer. The restoration may have to be attached after the implant procedure. 

It usually takes about 3 to 6 months for the bone at the implant site to heal. After that is done, the dentist will place the abutment on the dental implant. The abutment is what connects the restoration and the implant. The dentist will have to take your dental impressions to the lab to make your custom dental crown. Once the crown is fitted over the implant, your procedure is complete.

Try as much as possible to avoid hard foods that might cause your implant to be damaged after the procedure. You can also use an ice pack to manage any pain or swelling that you may experience.


The main essence of a dental implant is to replace your missing teeth without the need for traditional dentures. Millions of people all over the globe are choosing this option because it is relatively successful and safe. It is an excellent investment to get a complete set of teeth.

Don’t postpone your journey to healthy teeth. You can start now to work on your teeth by contacting us at 425-998-8109. We are happy to discuss dental implants with you and help you get started as soon as you are ready.

At Bellevue Azalea Dentistry, we know the ropes when it comes to dental implants.  Dr. Uparika Sharma will handle your dental issues as soon as you decide to begin your dental implant procedure.


About the Author
Dr. Uparika Sharma is the founder dentist of Bellevue Azalea Dentistry. In addition to general dental procedures, she evaluates TMJ, cervical spine, airway problems, chronic headache, and CRPS.


Dr. Uparika Sharma is a trusted dentist. She has been practicing for over 5 years at Bellevue Azalea Dentistry clinic. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Uparika Sharma is a member of the American Dental Association.