DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES
Natural teeth consist of a crown – the part visible above the gum line – and a root, which acts as an anchor below the gum line. When a tooth is missing or has had to be removed, a dental implant replaces the missing root and an artificial crown replaces the original one. The finished product looks and functions just like a natural tooth, restoring your confidence and your smile.
How is the implant inserted?
Whether you’re having a single implant or multiple implants as part of a restorative dental treatment, the treatment usually involves a few procedures over the course of a few months – although the implant(s) and interim new teeth are usually fitted in one session. A typical scenario would be:-
1. Consultation and planning – An initial consultation and follow up examination detailed assessment combined with various diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, study models, clinical photos and CT scans will determine your bone and gum structure and state of our mouth. We will also carry out the necessary treatment planning.
2. Preparing the site – Sometimes the gum and /or bone needs rebuilding by means of bone and gum regeneration and augmentation.This usually involves utilising bovine bone mineral mixed with your own bone along with gum from the palate and enables us to maximise the amount of bone support for implant anchorage and give a better aesthetic result which compensates for the shrinkage of the gum and bone ridge that normally occurs when you lose a tooth. The implant is then inserted and the gum is stitched up and a temporary tooth or teeth are usually fixed as an interim restoration.
Sometimes the site needs to be rebuilt before the implant can be placed so the bone and gum rebuilding is done first and the implants placed after 6 months or so.
3. Placement of the implant or implants – This involves small surgical procedures. If there is a failing tooth or teeth to replace, we can often remove the tooth or teeth and place the implant or implants at the same time.
There is sometimes some swelling, discomfort and possible bruising for a few days after the surgical treatments although these issues are generally well controlled by medication and aftercare that are prescribed. Of course the treatment is always painless using local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation in some cases where appropriate.
4. Healing process – The stitches are typically removed 7-14 days after surgery, but it takes between 6 weeks-6 months for the implant and bone to be ready for restoration (a process known as osseointegration). Meanwhile there is always a temporary tooth or teeth in place either fixed to the implant immediately or to the adjacent teeth as am interim restoration.
5. Attaching the tooth – Once the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone, a special post (or abutment) is attached to the implant to support a new crown. Dental impressions are used to make a crown or a bridge (in the case or multiple teeth) which is either cemented on the abutment post or scared directly to the implant or implants.
You can find out more about dental implant recovery or contact us to understand more about our Dental Implant treatments.
If you are considering having a dental implant it is essential to find an expert and experienced implant dentist, as not all practitioners are sufficiently skilled and experienced to perform optimum implant and advanced treatments. The team here at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry strives to provide the best that dentistry has to offer and is renowned for skill, expertise and experience in all aspects of Restorative, Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry.