The gum above the implant is opened so that an abutment or post can be fitted into the implant itself. This post projects through the gum and makes a link between the implant and your new teeth (prosthesis). This procedure requires a local anaesthetic and again, is quite painless. Allow a period of about a week for healing and the surgical part of the procedure is complete.
Often it is possible for the abutment to be connected at the same time the implant is placed, thus negating the need for this second minor surgical procedure.
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