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An overview of the Implant process

Implant placement normally involves several stages that take place over a period of time for from three to nine months.  Although there are various treatment methods , a typical process includes:

Assessment and treatment planning:

At initial consultation, following full discussions of all possible alternatives, the dentist 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 the associated costs.

Implant Placement:

Implant placement is a relatively simple minor surgical procedure that can be performed under sterile conditions in the dental surgery.  The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia.  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 six weeks to six months to fuse to the patient’s 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’.

Restorative Phase:

Once integrated, the Implants can be bought into function with a variety of new teeth options ranging from a single crown, bridgework or overdenture.  A dental technician who works closely with the dental surgeon will construct these restorations.

Maintenance:

Following completion of Implant treatment, the patient must regularly and thoroughly clean the new teeth (restorations) as instructed by their dentist.  Our dental hygienists will also advise on care and maintenance of the restorations and natural teeth.  Regular visits to the dentist are vital so that the health of the soft tissues, bone levels and the integrity of the restorations can be reviewed.