Our doctors will gently place the implant to replace the root of the tooth. This can easily be done with a local anesthetic. This procedure is a team effort between you, your general dentist and our office. Your general dentist will consult with you to determine if you are an implant candidate and go over the procedure details. The duration of the implant procedure varies but typically is done in less than an hour. The implant will heal for about four months and this process is called osteointegration. After four months, your doctor will examine and expose, if necessary, the implant to make sure it is ready for the crown or restoration.