Dental implants are a game changer in the world of dental care, offering a durable and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth.
But what exactly is a dental implant? In simple terms, it’s a small, sturdy post, typically made from titanium, that’s surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This implant acts as a new root for a replacement tooth or bridge.
In this blog, we’ll walk you through exactly what to expect from the process of dental implant placement. We know that this procedure can be scary, which is why we have pulled together all the information you need to make a decision you’re happy and comfortable with.
Starting a dental implant procedure can feel a bit like stepping into the unknown – we want to change that for you. Take a look below for a rundown on each step of the process.
The first stage is the initial consultation appointment. Here, we’ll have an in-depth conversation about all the options available to you. It’s important to remember that dental implants aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Our priority is to ensure you’re fully informed and comfortable with your choices. We’ll provide expert advice, answering all your questions, to help you make a decision that’s right for you.
If you decide to go for a dental implant, we’ll carry out a comprehensive medical assessment to make sure you’re suitable for the procedure. We use X-rays to create a detailed model of your mouth as it currently is. In some cases, a CBCT scan may be necessary to assess the volume of bone available. If there’s not enough bone, don’t worry – a bone graft or sinus lift might be suggested to create enough space for your implant.
We’ll then discuss your personalised treatment plan. Careful treatment planning is incredibly important for complex treatments like dental implants. This will include outlining the steps of the procedure, discussing the possibility of needing a bone graft, and ensuring you understand your specific dental care cost.
Under local anaesthetic, we’ll drill a small, precise hole in your jawbone to place the implant. In some cases, stitches or temporary teeth might be needed. If you’re feeling anxious, dental sedation is an option to help ease your nerves.
While some discomfort and pain are natural, we’ll provide the necessary pain relief medication to ensure your comfort throughout the process. It can take 4 to 6 months for your implant to properly fuse with your bone, during this time you may be fitted with an interim prosthesis, so you’ll still have a complete smile while you’re healing.
Once we’re confident your implant has fully healed and fused with your bone, we will fit your replacement teeth.
For the fitting, we first place an abutment on the implant. This serves as the connecting piece between the implant and your custom-made dental crowns. These crowns are crafted to match the natural look and feel of your teeth, seamlessly blending with your smile. And if you’re replacing multiple teeth, dental implants can be used in various configurations to restore your full smile.
Proper aftercare and oral hygiene is essential for the long-term success of your implant. One of the most effective tools for this is a water irrigation device, also known as a water flosser. These clever tools can be easily ordered online and significantly reduce the bacteria level in your mouth, minimising the risk of infection. We will also schedule follow-up appointments so that our skilled dentists can keep a close eye on your progress.
Do you think a dental implant is for you? Or are you still exploring your options? Our expert dentists can help. With years of experience in implant dentistry and a friendly, judgment-free space, there’s no better team to turn to for your dental needs.
When it comes to dental implants and oral surgery, successful outcomes are our bread and butter. Get in touch today and book a consultation.Back to Blog
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