Dental Implant is the best option to replace missing teeth. The process can be long and complex, usually done in stages over a few months, but it is worth the wait given its many benefits in comparison to other teeth replacement procedures.
If you are interested in getting a dental implant, the implant process will involve the following steps;
- Treatment plan - The first step is to meet with one of our dentists specialising in this procedure for an initial consultation. Our dentist will then determine if you are a good candidate and if so, a custom treatment plan will be created. You will be provided with information about the process as it differs from patient to patient and will also inform you of what needs to happen before getting the implants.
- Digital planning and CBCT x-ray - After that, Implant digital planning and CBCT x-ray will be done to have a thorough examination of your bone, nerves, and sinuses. It will also decide if there are any underlying issues like gum disease or tooth decay that may cause problems for you during the implant procedure.
If there's a need to extract a decayed tooth, our dentist might recommend waiting for one to two months before moving on to the implant placement. But depending on the situation, it can be possible to extract a tooth and have an implant installed on the same day.
For patients with a damaged or weak jawbone, a dental bone graft or sinus lift might be needed. These procedures can significantly delay dental implant surgery since healing typically takes three to twelve months for the implant to be securely attached. It may seem like a lot of work, but it is crucial for success rates if done correctly.
- Implant placement - Next is the surgical placement of the implant. Local anaesthesia will be given to numb your mouth, so you won't feel any pain during the surgery. Our dentist will then drill a hole where the titanium post will be placed using surgical-guided technology. The gums will then be sutured to cover the implant to avoid any food from becoming lodged in the gum.
- Osseointegration - This is followed by the healing process. Each patient heals differently and may take four to six months. At this time, the implant becomes attached to the bone during a process called osseointegration, making it strong enough to stay in place.
- Placing of 'abutment' - Our dentist will then examine you to make sure the implant is secure. Once determined that the implant has bonded to your jawbone, a small connector post - called abutment, will be attached to the post portion of the implant. This is the part that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. You will be provided local anaesthesia prior to opening your gums so the abutment can be placed during the process. Once the abutment is placed, the gum tissue will be closed around it but won't cover it. There are also instances wherein both the implant and the abutment are installed in one session. The recovery period takes approximately two weeks.
- Crown fabrication and placement - Lastly is the crown fabrication. After your gums heal, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom crown. We offer CEREC Crowns, wherein you can have a crown constructed and fitted all in one visit. The crown will then be affixed to the abutment.
And there you have it, congratulations on having a new smile! Dental Implants is a procedure our team undertakes on a daily basis, so rest assured you are in safe hands.