My patients often ask me if I do implants and my answer is yes and no. Yes, some general dentists do the initial placement of an implant, but this is most commonly done by a specialist. However, your general dentist does coordinate the sequence of events and the outcome.
In many cases, an oral surgeon or a periodontist (gum and bone specialist) places the implant in the bone after studying and coordinating your situation carefully. This planning often uses special x-rays to observe your future implant area from many different angles.
Sometimes, additional procedures are needed at the time of implant and most patients find all of these procedures easy and uneventful.
After several months, your general dentist is ready to finalize replacing the crown of the tooth to get a functioning, long lasting and natural looking result.