Here is Gentle Dental’s guide to implant procedures. Expert authors and expert implantologists will walk you through every step and make you aware of what you should expect when coming in for your restorative treatment.
Implant dentistry focuses on the repair process of replacing missing teeth. It also encourages preventative work to eliminate future risks or deterioration. It is one of the fastest-growing areas in modern, advanced dentistry today.
This is because many patients are realising the multitude of advantages, which include no longer experiencing the discomfort of dentures.
A recent study shows that approximately 500,000 people undergo dental implant procedures each year. Losing a tooth can be worrying, uncomfortable and damaging to your overall oral condition.
As the implant is fitted and secured deep down into your jawbone using a titanium screw that functions as an artificial root, the new replacement tooth will be much stronger, more secure and comfortable in comparison to dentures.
Scroll below for the stages of the procedure and what it will entail…
The implant treatment journey begins with a comprehensive examination carried out by one of our premium dentists; Dr Ali Rifai.
During the examination, the doctor will assess 56 areas of the mouth which will help to decide the most suitable implant treatment option for you.
It’s during this stage that any underlying threats, conditions or infections are identified. Any decay or problems will need to be fixed prior to ensure implant success.
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During the second stage, we will take diagnostic records.
This involves taking moulds or a scan of your mouth.
In addition, a cone – beam CT scan will be completed which is a 3D X-ray that will allow us to assess the height and width of the bone, and identify any important anatomical features such as nerves.
This ensures that we place the correct type, shape and size of the implant.
In addition, we are able to use CAD-CAM technology and advanced computer software to virtually place the implant in order to plan and accurately visualise how it will look in the mouth.
This reduces the risk of problems or complications occurring after surgery begins.
Our dental staff can also create implant placement guides to ensure that we place the implant in the optimum position.
The 3rd stage is surgery.
Here, the implant or implants will be placed into the bone and covered up by the gum.
On the day of the surgery, we recommend that you take it easy without taking any exercise or other strenuous activity.
On the following day, we will call to check you and answer any questions you may have.
However, you can call or message us anytime if you have questions or concerns.
We will review you one week later to remove the sutures and ensure that all is going well.
We use 3 implant systems – all our systems are high-quality brands and therefore we will tend to make the most appropriate choice for your mouth.
The 4th stage is the uncovering of the implant and manufacture of your new tooth/teeth.
Sometimes if the implant is fully covered by the gum we will carry out a small procedure under local anaesthetic which will involve exposing the implant.
This will allow us to place a healing collar and then we can proceed to make your new teeth by taking a mould or scan.
Fitting new tooth
In the 5th and final stage, we will fit your new tooth or teeth.
This is the big day where we can fit your new teeth to the implant.
Some people may want a small amount of local anaesthetic for this procedure but many are happy to go ahead without, this will be up to you on the day
We will review you 4 weeks after fitting to ensure your new customised teeth have settled in well.
Call us on 020 8224 7562 for further advice and information, or to enquire about our availability.
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