The procedure. Traditional dental implants require a multistage process. The dentist needs to consider the health of their patients and the condition of both their jaw and their teeth. Most people can have successful dental implants, though the implants of people who smoke, who are diabetic or whose oral hygiene is bad are more likely to fail. When the patient is deemed a good candidate, the oral surgeon makes an incision in the gum where the tooth used to be and places the post. The post takes several weeks to fuse to the bone. Then, the gum is opened, an abutment is placed, and the crown is placed on the abutment.