The cost of Dental Implants varies greatly, with some dentists performing all the necessary work and some referring patients to an implantologist. Before choosing an implantologist, it is important to get a consultation, as this will help determine your treatment needs and expectations. The dentist will create a treatment plan and answer your questions, including whether a guarantee is included. If you are unsure, you can always seek a second opinion. After all, this is a major investment in your oral health and the results you achieve. After the dental implant procedure, there is a week of recovery. The initial surgical process should be relatively painless, but some minor bleeding may occur around the site of the implant. Your dentist will prescribe prescription pain medication and may recommend a soft-food diet for the first few days following the procedure. After the initial healing period, patients can return to their normal diet. Although there is no restriction on the amount of food they can eat for the first few weeks, patients should limit their intake of hot and spicy foods for about a week. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia. Oral sedation is also available for those who need additional relaxation. Once the implant has been placed, a screw-like component called the "abutment" is attached to the implant. This is the replacement tooth or crown. A dentist will take an impression of the mouth to make sure the abutment will fit correctly in the mouth. An implant crown is customized to fit the abutment. After the patient has recovered, the dentist will attach the implant crown. Once the abutment and the crown are secured with screws, the procedure is complete.