Dental Implants Information

 

Initial Consultation

A consultation appointment is necessary see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and to explain the process of placing an implant. X-rays may be taken and impressions (moulds) of your teeth.

A Referral form will be given to have a 3D CT scan done at X-ray centre which allow us to further study and analyse precisely how much bone volume and thickness available at the potential implant site(s). Also to determine if a bone augmentation/graft procedure is required. 

A treatment plan will then be drawn up detailing all the appointments required and the costing.

If a particular case is too complicated to be managed in a general dental practice setting due to various reasons, a specialist referral may be suggested for further management

How are implants placed?

You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around where the Implant is being placed. 

  • An incision is made in the gum where the implant is going to be placed, to expose the bone; a small hole is then drilled into the jaw  bone.
  • The titanium implant screw is inserted into the bone. A protective cover or ‘healing cap’ is placed over the top of the screw. This is either left visible in the mouth, or if the implant is deep in the jaw  bone the gum will be stitched over the healing cap.
  • This is left for 3 to 6 months to allow new bone to integrate with the implant  allowing osseointegration to happen. If osseointegration does not occur the implant will fail.
  • When the implant has securely integrated with the jaw bone the healing cap is removed. The final crown or bridge can be cemented or screwed into place or a removable overdenture can be clipped onto or supported by the implants

On occasion it may be necessary to place a temporary crown or bridge for a few months to allow the gum to heal fully before the permanent restoration can be fitted.


Looking after your Implant

Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist are a very important part of looking after your implants as the gums need to remain healthy. The implants can then last a lifetime.

"Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner."