To complete the full implant procedure the time can vary between 3 and 9 months. You will receive an initial assessment of the area by your dentist which will include x-rays and the preparation of teeth models. The dentist will write up a treatment plan for you, which will outline exactly what will happen over the implant procedure and the overall cost.
Placing the implant
The implant placement is performed at the dental surgery, under a general anesthetic (or sedation if the patient is nervous). It’s a fairly simple procedure for dentists. Sometimes, during the initial assessment, the dentist will notice that there isn’t enough strong enough bone to support the implant, if this is the case bone regeneration is usually carried out at the same time as the implant placement (sometimes this is done prior to the procedure).
Healing and restorations
Dental implants take upto 6 months (though it can take just 6 weeks) to stabilise and fuse properly to the bone. During the healing process, temporary tooth replacements such as, dentures or bridges will cover the area. Once the implants have been fully integrated, a crown, bridge or removable overdenture will be added to the implant, which will make your new natural looking replacement tooth. Dental clinic Smile Design in Buckinghamshire, say they consider dental implants to be one of the most effective ways to replace a missing tooth, as they are extremely durable and last a very long time.
Looking after your implant
Once the dental implant procedure is fully complete, the patient must ensure they’re looking after the implant properly in order for it to last. Dental implants can not get cavities, however, the gum around the implant area can be affected and gum disease can sometimes develop if the implant area isn’t cared for correctly. The patient must look after the implant well by brushing and flossing regularly and attending dental appointments when instructed by their dentist. Implants are designed to be a permanent natural looking alternative to real teeth, If they are looked after correctly, they could last many years or even your whole lifetime.