A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, the implant fuses into the jawbone and serves as a base for individual substitute teeth, bridges or dentures
Implant surgery is conventionally done in three different treatment stages:
- Implant is inserted into the bone
- Abutment (an extension of the screw) inserted on top of implant.
- Artificial tooth or crown is attached to the abutment
Are there alternatives?
At your consultation we will discuss with you any questions that you may have as well as advising various treatment options and discussing the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfill your treatment objectives.
Conducted under either general or local anaesthetic, the first stage involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone by drilling into the prepared site so that an implant can be accepted.
Stage 2 involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated (fused). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery and is a relatively minor procedure.
After a few more weeks we will check that the implant is strong enough and if so, the artificial crown is attached.
Does it hurt?
Some postoperative discomfort is noticed after all 3 stages, with stage one similar to discomfort experienced after a tooth extraction. You will be given the appropriate antibiotics and analgesics just as a precaution. Very precise postoperative instructions will be given to you at the time of surgery. If you follow them you should avoid any complications.
What if I feel anxious about the procedure?
Implants can usually be carried out in-chair under local anaesthetic. Major procedures may need to be carried out under a general anaesthetic in hospital. There are many deciding factors involved so we will need to discuss each case individually.
Can it be done in 2 appointments?
In some cases stages 1 and 2 are combined, meaning only one surgery. If adequate primary stability is achieved a temporary crown can be placed on the newly placed implant, although not all cases can be treated in this way.
Implant location, amount and quality of bone and working in a sterile field; these factors all contribute to the success rate of the implant. However we will provide instructions and tips to best care for your implant, as well as answer any questions you have.
Some examples of the applications of dental implants can be found here.
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