Procedure for implants
Getting dental implants is not as straight forward as other treatments. It is an invasive treatment that requires planning to ensure you get the best result safely.
Please Note: The actual process may vary depending on your own individual case and how many teeth need replacing. The following is to be used as a general understanding on the processes required when placing implants.
Dental assessment: The first step is always to have a dental assessment with a trained professional. They will first asses to see if there are any other underlying conditions that would need to be treated first (e.g. gum disease). They will use diagnostic tools to assess the suitability of the site for the implant (X-rays).
Full case assessment: Once you have accepted the initial treatment plan, the next step is usually a full case assessment. This is a more in depth assessment on the site of the missing tooth, usually consisting of a CT scan. CT scans will show your clinician important information such as the location of the nerves, sinuses, bone density etc. This is vital information used to help plan the best implant placement personal to your individual needs.
(Optional step maybe required: Sinus Lift): If you do require a sinus lift, this will need to be done prior to the placement of the implants. The clinician will expose the bone of where the missing tooth is. A small window will be opened in the bone. The new bone will be added which will raise the sinus (how much added will depend on your own individual case). This site will be closed and stitched up to allow to heal. A follow up visit will be required for the clinician to asses the site. It then requires several months for the area to heal and integrate before an implant can be placed.
* Implant Placement: The complexity of your case will determine how quickly you are able to have your implants placed. If required, a bone graft may be completed at the same time. Either the bone will be harvested from another area (chin or hip – done on different day and requires healing time like sinus lift) or from another source such as artificial bone (usually done at same time). The clinician will expose the site for the implant to be placed (using professional tools). The implant is placed using a surgical guide for accuracy, and then the gum is closed up to allow for the implant and bone to integrate before the restoration is fitted. Depending on your own case, it can vary from 4-11 months before the next stage.
* Sedation may be available at your dental practice
(Optional step maybe required: Healing Cap): The second surgical stage is a lot easier and less invasive. The clinician will check the implant has fused with the bone and will open the sites of the implant to place a healing cap on top. This will allow the site to heal nicely by keeping the gum away from the head of the implant. This is usually in place for 10-14 days. This isn’t always required, and can be bypassed for the following step.
Temporary Restoration: An abutment will be attached, and an impression of the area is taken for your final restoration to be made. A temporary crown will be fitted onto the abutment. This will usually need to be worn for 4-6 weeks to allow the gums to heal around the tooth like your natural teeth. In the meantime, your final restoration will be made (matched to your natural tooth colour) ready for the final fit.
Fit: At this appointment your clinician will remove your temporary and will fit your new permanent restoration. You will be given best practices in caring after your implants and your new teeth. Review appointments will often be booked in to check them over.
It can widely vary the actual process you may require and the length of time it takes for you to have implants. It is heavily dependent on your own individual case. The average treatment time can vary from 6-12 months from start to finish, but your clinician can you give you a rough time frame based on your own individual case.
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