The Implant Process
In the last decade dental implants have become widely used in mainstream dentistry and are usually the treatment of choice for a missing tooth.
How long does treatment take?
For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first tooth/teeth, treatment can vary between six weeks and six months. The availability of better-quality bone can be used to decrease treatment time, whilst more time and care must be taken with poorer bone, which therefore extend treatment times beyond six months.
An overview of the implant process
Implant treatment normally involves several stages that take place over a period of time from three to nine months. Although there are various implant treatment methods, a typical process often includes:
- Assessment and treatment planning:
At initial consolation, following full discussion of all possible alternatives, we will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. X-rays will be taken, and models of the teeth prepared. A written treatment plan will then be formulated detailing the sequence of treatment and associated costs.
- Implant placement:
Implant placement is relatively simple minor surgical procedure that can be performed under sterile conditions in our dental surgery. The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation if required. If, during assessment, the underlying bone is deemed deficient, a number of options are available for bone regeneration. Bone regeneration is carried out prior to or at the same time as implant placement depending on requirements.
- Integration period:
Implants can take between six weeks to six months to fuse with your bone. During this integration period, temporary dentures or bridgework can be worn as appropriate. In some cases, temporary teeth can be fixed to the implants while they integrate in a process known as ‘immediate loading’.
- The restorative phase:
Once integrated the implants can be brought into function with variety new teeth options (definitive restorations) ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge or a removable overdenture. A dental technician who works closely with the dental surgeon constructs these definitive restorations.
Following completion of implant treatment, you must regularly and thoroughly clean new teeth (restorations) as instructed. One of our dental hygienists will also advise on care and maintenance of the restorations and natural teeth. Annual Implant reviews are essential so that health of soft tissue, bone levels and the integrity of the restoration can be monitored.
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Hale Barns, WA15 8TS
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