Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even a complete set of teeth. The dentist will discuss with you the type and placement of the implant needed and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.
The process of dental implant treatment has five main stages:
Before implant treatment, it is important that the rest of the mouth is healthy and any other existing dental problems should be correctly identified and treated. The planning begins with deciding where the replacement teeth will be placed in the mouth and how they will look. In the case of single missing teeth this can be quite obvious while when several teeth are missing, this can be helped by using mock-ups in the patient’s mouth or done digitally using computer models.
The bone volume is assessed using X-rays, usually using 3D imaging and the position of the dental implants planned in relation to the position of the replacement teeth. At this post, the treatment plan is finalised and we can produce an accurate estimate of costs.
The next stage is the surgical phase in which the implants are placed in the jawbone. In some cases, this can be helped using 3D printed guides. We use the Straumann implant system, a Swiss product with decades of research and quality assurance second to none.
Dental implant surgery is safe and painless, most patients will need to use painkillers for a couple of days after surgery and can carry on with most of their daily activities. If the bone or gum tissue is insufficient, in many cases this can be rebuilt at the same time as the implant surgery.
The established protocols in implant dentistry suggest that about three months of healing is needed from the time of implant placement to the time when work is done to produce the prosthetic tooth or teeth. However, in some cases we may offer “immediate” production of a temporary tooth or bridge enabling the patient to enjoy the benefit of their implants much sooner.
Production of prosthesis
In this stage moulds or 3D digital scans are made of the implant position in the mouth and are used to fabricate the artificial tooth/teeth which is/are fitted at the final appointment. We pride ourselves on using only original Straumann components and authorised production centres.
Follow-up and maintenance
Your implants will need to be cleaned daily and we will show you how best to do this. We will check your implant/s a few weeks after completion to ensure everything is working well, and then advise you on when you need to attend for professional cleaning and followup X-rays of the implants in the jawbone.