Considering Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great option if you have a missing tooth/teeth. An implant gets placed in the space and an artificial tooth connects to the implant. A thorough diagnosis, individual consultation and careful planning are the vital cornerstones for successful dental implantation.
The Dental Implant Process
DIAGNOSIS & DECISION-MAKING
After gathering information via oral X-rays or scans, the dentist assesses the treatment options open to you. The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Sufficient bone must me present in order for implantation to go ahead. There are patients who have insufficient bone and require a bone graft, for example if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.
A healing cap will be placed on the implant during the healing stage. This will either be above or below the gum line depending on the individual case. A denture or false tooth may also be fitted on top. This allows you to enjoy a natural looking smile early on in the process.
Until the implant is securely attached to the jaw bone, a healing phase of between six weeks and a few months is expected. Each case is different.
After approximately one to two weeks, stiches are removed. Diligent oral hygiene is now vital for successful healing.
Your new teeth are produced at the dental lab
As your implant bonds itself to the bone during the healing phase, your dentist and his laboratory partners proceed to create your personalised tooth. This will then be inserted once the healing process is complete.
Placement of the final restoration
Your final restoration is connected to the implant, leaving you free to smile, bite and chew like before. It is not unusual for us to make a few draft versions of the tooth before fitting the final product.
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